02 Feb Break the Sugar Addiction
10 Reasons why sugar is bad for you.
1. Added Sugar Contains No Essential Nutrients and is Bad For Your Teeth
Added sugar contains NO essential nutrients. That is why they are called “empty calories”. There are no minerals, essential fats, vitamins or proteins in added sugar … just energy.
- Added Sugar is High in Fructose, Which Can Overload Your Liver
Sugar breaks down to produce glucose and fructose. Our body produces its own glucose but fructose is different. There is no physiological need for it. If the liver is full of glycogen then the fructose will be converted to fat … potentially leading to fatty liver.
- Overloading The Liver With Fructose Can Cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
If VLDL Cholesterol particles are lodged in the liver it can lead to fatty liver disease.
- Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance, a Stepping Stone Towards Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes.
Sugar consumption is associated with Insulin resistance. Insulin allows glucose to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat. Having too much glucose is highly toxic, leading to diabetes.
- The Insulin Resistance Can Progress to Type II Diabetes
As insulin resistance becomes progressively worse, the pancreas can’t keep up with the demand of producing enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels down.
At this point, blood sugar levels skyrocket and a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is made. Given that sugar can cause insulin resistance, it is not surprising to see that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages have up to an 83% higher risk of Type II diabetes. (JAMA Aug 2004)
- Sugar Can Give You Cancer
Multiple studies show that people who eat a lot of sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer
- Due to its Effects on Hormones and the Brain, Sugar has Unique Fat-Promoting Effects
In one study, people drank either a fructose-sweetened drink or a glucose-sweetened drink. Afterwards, the fructose drinkers had much less activity in the satiety centres of the brain and felt hungrier (JAMA May 2013). There is also a study where fructose didn’t lower the hunger hormone ghrelin nearly as much as glucose did. (JCEM July 2013)
- Because it Causes Massive Dopamine Release in The Brain, Sugar is Highly Addictive
The problem with sugar and many junk foods is that they can cause massive dopamine release… much more than we were ever exposed to from foods found in nature. (Neuroscience Vol. 134) Like abusive drugs, sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward centre of the brain. (Neuroscience Vol.32)
- Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults.
Sugar leads to decreased satiety… and can get people addicted so that they lose control over their consumption. Not surprisingly, people who consume the most sugar are by far the most likely to become overweight or obese. This applies to all age groups.
- It Ain’t The Fat… It’s SUGAR That Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease
The evidence is mounting that sugar, NOT fat, may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease via the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism (ACJN Oct 2007)
Courtesy of authoritynutrition.com
If you are ready to put sugar behind you to get your health back, contact Brett at Cameron Hypnotics now 0403 335751. Hypnotherapy is an effective modality that enables you to change the old habits quickly and permanently.
Cameron Hypnotics is located at The Junction, 5 minutes from Newcastle CBD.