Is SUGAR Destroying Your Health?
YES, YES, YES.
• The average American consumes an astoundihg 2-3 pounds of sugar each week!
• In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. from 26
pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person pen year!
• Since high-fructose corn syrup was developed more than 30 years ago,
consumption of the sweetener, which flavors everything from soda pop to ranch
dressing, has skyrocketed. Now Americans down about 61 pounds a year each.
• Since 1950, soft-drink consumption per capita has quadrupled, from about 11
gallons per year to about 46 gallons in 2003--nearly a gallon a week per person.
• Just one 12-ounce can of soda has an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar in it!
• With all that sugar-eating, it's no wonder people don't have much room for their
vegetables. In 2003, Americans consumed, on average, a dismal 8.3 pounds of
broccoli and just over 25 pounds of dark lettuces (the kinds that are really good for
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So, why is sugar so bad for us?
One of the main reasons white sugar and high fructose corn syrup (or any ingredient ending in "ose") are bad is that they basically
contain no nutrients, consisting solely of empty calories. The fiber, vitamins and minerals are removed in the refining process. Studies
have shown that the high consumption of sugar leads to an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, hyperactivity, and
tooth decay. In addition, sugar causes the depletion of important vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, calcium, and magnesium,
and depresses the immune system, leaving you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.
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The SU2ar Response
Here is a list of ways sugar can affect your
Sugar can suppress the immune system.
Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression,
concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
Sugar can cause kidney damage.
Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
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Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
Sugar can promote tooth decay. Insulin Cycle
Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
What sugar does to our insulin levels and
why this is bad.
Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
When we ea sugar it causes our blood-glucose levels
Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
quickly, which stimulates the pancreas to
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secrete II1SU lp GOdrop blood-sugar levels. These
Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
~apid fluctuations of blood-sugar levels are not
High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease.
healthy becaus of the stress they place on the body
Sugar can contribute to diabetes. i
and can lead to insulin resistance. Elevated levels of
Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
insulin can inhibit tbe release of growth hormones
Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
and suppress the immune system. Insulin also
Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
promotes the storage of fat. When HFCS (high
Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
fructose corn syrup) is eaten, it is directly
Sugar can i.ncrease systolic blood pressure.
metabolized by the liver, which turns the sweet
Sugar causes food allergies.
liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates, HFCS
Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin, the
Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
substance that acts as' a hunger quenching signal to
Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
the brain. So we get stuck in a vicious cycle, eating
Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
food that getl immediately stored as fat and never
Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
feeling full, causing us to crave even more food in an
attempt 10 get tfe nutrients we.need.
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