You may have seen people avoiding sugar in their diet, and this may have surprised you. So, how can sugar be harmful?
Or maybe you already know that excessive sugar is not good for you!
But we are here to clear up a few things about sugar.
For this, we’ve collected this information from the experts.
According to Marygrace Taylor, a health and wellness writer. Sugar is not a required nutrient in your diet. Surprising, right? (Note – this does not apply to people with diabetes)
But it occurs naturally in food that contains carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, grains, and even dairy products.
So, what should you do?
Nothing! Consuming these foods as a whole is completely okay, since they also contain a high amount of fibre, protein, and antioxidants. (see source here)
Moreover, your body digests these foods slowly.
So, the sugar in these foods maintains a steady supply of energy into your body.
The problem lies with added sugar.
This is sugar that is mixed in by food manufacturers to increase taste and shelf life.
Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices, and sweet teas are loaded with fructose which is an example of added sugar.
Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose (i.e. the type of sugar found in starchy foods).
Additionally, eating too much fructose may cause resistance to leptin, an important hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating.
As a result, you’ll eat more than you should which may lead to obesity.
Excessive sugar intake can do more than just making you obese.
In a study published in 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Hu and his colleagues found an association between a high-sugar diet and a greater risk of dying from heart disease.
Lots of added sugar in the form of fructose overloads your liver, which can lead to Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a condition characterized by excessive fat build-up in the liver.
Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation. These factors also increase your risk of acne.
And the list goes on…
But why sugar only?
Sugar is not the only thing in our diet that harms us.
Because sugar is addictive and is common in our diet.
In addition to being tasty, sugar has a high “hedonic value”. This means that you experience pleasure when you eat it, which can cause addiction.
One of the reasons people, especially kids love candies and cookies is because of how addictive sugar is.
All of this is okay, but what should I do?
Yes, you can’t cut out sugar completely from your diet, and frankly, you don’t need to.
But since you know all these things about sugar, you can try to lower yours and your family’s added sugar intake.
Maybe you can eat less added sugar and be more mindful of your kids snacks and treats.
Our purpose is not to scare you but only to keep you well informed about this!
But as “Mackzan” stands for your family’s well being and happiness, we think education is important. We wanted you to be a little more conscious of you and your family’s added sugar intake.
At Mackzan, we do our best to take care of your family’s health.
And we know this is also a problem faced by you if you order items for pickup from supermarkets or online stores.
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