10 Reasons to delete refined sugar from your life
The craving that many people have for sugar is natural instinct that dates back to when humans were hunter gathers and when food was often scarce. Our ancestors would seek out sweet food, because it gave them energy and it made their bodies store fat, which was useful when you didn’t know when your next meal would be! Today, however, when you sprinkle refined sugar on your breakfast cereal or over your strawberries, you are adding nothing but empty, useless calories to your food and, of course, that sweet taste. As if that weren’t bad enough, refined sugar does so much damage to your body that some scientists claim it should be called a poison. If you think that calling sugar a poison sounds a bit over-the-top, read on, because we have ten very good reasons why you should stop eating refined sugar.
1. It speeds up the ageing process
The first bit of bad news about refined sugar that you may not have been aware of is that it can speed up the signs of ageing. When you consume sugar, it attached itself to proteins in your body and that causes a reduction in the elasticity of the skin. The more sugar you eat, the faster your skin and your arteries will age.
2. It suppresses the immune system
Research that has been conducted on animals has suggested that too much sugar can interfere with the immune system. Although research on humans has been limited in this area, it is thought that sugar feeds bacteria in the body and puts the immune system out of balance. If that happens, you will become more susceptible to infections and diseases.
3. It causes spikes in your blood sugar levels
Sugar can be addictive, because of the spikes in blood sugar levels that it causes. When your blood sugar levels rise dramatically, and then fall again, you can experience severe mood swings, headaches, and, fatigue and that just makes you crave even more sugar. People who do avoid eating refined sugar say that, after a while, the cravings for sugar stop altogether and they have a lot more energy.
4. It causes obesity
Refined sugar is the biggest cause of obesity in the world and, because of the addictive nature of sugar that we have already mentioned; people just eat more and more sweet foods. Sugar drives the production of insulin, which is the hormone that tells the body to store fat. That’s why eating too much refined sugar will always cause to you to put on weight.
5. Sugar can make you undernourished
Ironically, you can be overweight, but undernourished, when you eat too much sugar. The empty calories in sugar and other types of junk food fill you up and crowd out the nutritious food. Your body is so busy dealing with all the sugar that it doesn’t get a chance to process the other nutrients that you need.
6. It increases stress
Because sugar causes peaks and troughs in your blood sugar levels, it also causes peaks and troughs in the levels of stress hormones in your body. The burst of energy that you feel when you eat refined sugar is always followed, shortly after, by a slump, and that causes the release of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, which make you feel irritable and anxious.
7. It causes Type 2 diabetes
Refined sugar is the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes. Sugar causes the body to become resistant to insulin, which then leads on to prediabetes and then that will, if sugar consumption is not reduced, lead to Type 2 diabetes. High insulin levels have also been linked to the increased growth of cancerous cells.
8. It can overload the liver
When you eat refined sugar it is broken down into glucose, which we need, and fructose, which we don’t. When you eat a piece of fruit, the levels of fructose are low enough for your lover to cope with, but, when you eat refined sugar, the levels of fructose are so great that it is turned to fat and stored in the liver, leading to a fatty liver which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
9. It can make you feel hungry
Another reason that sugar causes obesity is that it interferes with the hunger hormones, making you feel hungry when you don’t need any food. The release of insulin that refined sugar causes blocks the hunger hormone leptin, which might partly account for people binging on sugary food.
10. It causes heart disease
There is increasing evidence that it’s not saturated fat that causes heart disease; it’s refined sugar. Studies have shown that sugar increases the amount of fat that is stored in the body and it raises the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood.