The Effects of Sugar in the Body

Added sugar is everywhere this is nothing new. We are well aware that we need to decrease added sugars like high fructose corn syrup.

Whether we are eating a lot of added sugar or naturally found sugar in food, high levels of sugar effects the body negatively.

Excess sugar:

  • Suppresses the immune system
  • Raises inflammation and can exacerbate autoimmune conditions
  • Causes blood sugar imbalance which affects autoimmune expression
  • Causes mineral imbalance
  • Decreases tissue elasticity and function (aging and wrinkles)
  • Interferes with nutrient absorption
  • Causes tooth decay
  • Decreases growth hormone levels
  • Contributes to depression and mood disorders
  • Free radicals increase, causing oxidative stress body-wide
  • The liver becomes overworked which can lead to fatty liver disease
  • Microbial balance shifts, leading to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and gut dysbiosis
  • and increases the risk of breast cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease due to insulin resistance

 

Sugar is not a required nutrient in our diet it is difficult to say how much is too much. The Institute of Medicine, which sets Recommended Dietary Allowances has not issued a formal number for sugar. While the American Heart Association suggests that men consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day.

“The effects of added sugar intake- higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease are all linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke” states Dr. Hu from Harvard.

 

Decreasing sugar intake is vital to health. Starting can be as simple as getting rid of food and ingredients with added sugar. Another step could be to swap dessert for fruit.

 

References

Paleo Magazine

Your Personal Paleo Code

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/tl-sweet-danger-of-sugar

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