Besides the usual knowledge about what over indulgent on excess sugar and sugary foods causes to the body; high blood sugar level, addiction, tooth holes and cavities, etc, the new discovery is an eye opener to why you’re getting certain uncomfortable sensations in your body, in and out.
The American Heart Association (AHA) says the maximum amount of added sugar people should eat in a day is 150 calories (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) for men and 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) for women.
And most people around the world consume over three times more than they should, with teenagers and men munching on the largest amounts of sugar on fast foods snacks and beverages. The result is chaos, stress and overload for the body that can lead to both physical and mental illnesses.
Many packaged foods companies don’t list how many teaspoons of sugar their products contain, making it difficult to keep track of how much sugar you’ve eaten.
What happens to you when you consume too much sugar than your body really requires?
1. Your Liver is Stressed Out
The liver is overloaded when you eat excess sugar and alcohol which is processed in the liver. Your physician will tell you that fructose in the refined sugar can only be metabolized by the liver (unlike glucose). Therefore, consuming a lot will tax the organ too much and can eventually lead to liver disease; swelling and bloating after a meal and the inability to lose weight are possible indicators of liver dysfunction.
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2. Your Bad Cholesterol Escalates
Excess sugar in your body lowers your “good” cholesterol and spikes your triglycerides (the fat associated with heart disease and stroke). It might surprise you that consuming too much sugar, not fat, is the leading cause of heart disease, due to the negative effects it has on the metabolism.
3. You Forget Things
This may seem like a surprise but it shouldn’t be, because both obesity and diabetes have been named risk factors for cognitive impairment, especially dementia, according to research. Another study found a connection between diets containing a lot of high fructose corn syrup and reduced performance in the hippocampus, which helps form memories and regulate emotions. But see powerful benefits of exercise that might help.
4. You’ll Get Addicted
Sugar addiction is real. Sugar is said to produce a substance that releases opioids and dopamine. So consuming lots of refined processed sugars leads to the production of the brain’s natural opioids, which is key in the process of getting addicted to anything. The brain eventually reacts as if you were giving it morphine.
5. It Makes You Tired
After the sugar rush comes the sugar crash. Recent study by the University of Illinois found that, matched calorie for calorie with the simple sugar glucose, fructose causes significant weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition. mice that consumed more sugars traveled about 20 percent less, possibly because they gained weight.
6. You Start Getting ‘Blue’
The risk of depression becomes a possibility by consuming lots of sugary foods. According to research, behavioural changes may be due to a combination of both sugar and fat. Eating foods high in sugar decreases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) (a protein that helps cells communicate to learn and form memories) and lower levels of BDNF are linked to higher blood glucose levels which increases the risk of depression and Alzheimer.
7. Excess Sugar = Skin Inflammation
This happens because according to the the glucose and fructose lead to American Academy of Dermatology, the production of enzymes that break down the collagen and elastin in the skin eventually causing wrinkles and sagging. Therefore, a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
8. You’re Body is Liable to Gain Weight
By consuming snacks padded with excess sugar, you are replacing nutritionally-dense foods, eating empty calories. Whatever the body doesn’t burn as energy it will store as fat, but you’ll be hungry much sooner because the body doesn’t have enough nutrients. The vicious cycle of eating and not burning enough continues, resulting in extra pounds. Also, sugar, no matter where it’s coming from, tends to increase fat levels in the blood.
9. Immune System Will Be Weak for Hours
Nutritional Research has shown that consuming just 100 grams (3.5 oz.) of sugar leads to lower counts of white blood cells for up to five hours, and increase disease susceptibility. The sugar causes the white blood cells to be about 40 percent less effective at fighting off germs. Sugar impacts them by competing for space with Vitamin C.
10. Blood Pressure Rises
Salty foods are not the only cause of hypertension. Too much added sugar has the same effect. Researchers observed more than 4,500 people without a history of hypertension, consuming 74 or more grams of sugar a day. They found strong connection with increased blood pressure. Other research has found that drinking 60 grams of fructose caused a spike in blood pressure two hours later and can lead to nerve damage.
11. It Doesn’t Quench Your Appetite
Fructose plays tricks on your brain. The sugar affects your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. As a result, you’re not producing insulin. The vicious cycle continues with ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” being suppressed, which leads to leptin, or “the satiety hormone,” not being produced, leaving you hungry. The common side effects are overeating and insulin resistance.