Why should we cut back on sugar, as soon as possible?
Let’s start with having a better understanding of what sugar is actually doing to our bodies.
Here are some of the more common negative effects a lot of added sugar can have on our body:
✅ It Can Overload Our Liver
This is probably one of the most common adverse side effects that added sugar has on our bodies.
Our liver is put in jeopardy if we consume too many foods with added sugar since fructose can overload it.
Sugar will be broken down into fructose and glucose, and our liver can only metabolize so much of it at one time. This may lead to issues later on with our liver.
It is important to note that the amount of fructose needed to overload our liver is only possible with an excessive amount of added sugar, so fructose found in fruit is likely not nearly enough to cause this.
✅ We May Add Some Pounds
When we have too much fructose in our body, it doesn’t stimulate insulin properly.
This ultimately causes our hunger hormone to work in overdrive, which is why we tend to eat more or feel hungrier after we have eaten foods with a lot of added sugar.
When we keep feeling hungry, we eat more to be satiated and thus have a much higher risk of gaining weight.
✅ It Can Increase Our Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
While sugar is not the only culprit for type 2 diabetes, it can definitely help it progress further.
This is due to the insulin resistance in our bodies when we consume high amounts of sugar.
As mentioned previously, our body becomes resistant to insulin when it is trying to digest a lot of fructose, which can cause mismanaged levels of blood sugar.
This in turn may increase our risk for diabetes, or accelerate it to where we notice its effects much sooner.
✅ Sugar Can Exacerbate Mood and Mental Issues
When we suffer from mood swings or mental health issues, we might notice that they become worse when we consume a lot of sugar.
Sugar causes a short-term boost of energy that leads to a much longer sugar crash.
This in turn can make it harder when dealing with mental health issues like depression, as the crash often mimics a depressive episode.
Too much sugar can also cause severe mood swings and irritability.