Sugar is a product known since ancient times that is extracted from sugar cane. It is thought that sugar cane was grown in India and that the Greeks and Romans knew it as “Indian honey”.
The Chinese, on the other hand, had been aware of the mining and refining processes for much longer.
Did you know that today we define sugar as all carbohydrates that dissolve easily in water ? They are colorless, odorless, usually crystallizable and sweet in taste.
Sugar is an addictive substance, like drugs, and causes damage in our body; in fact, when we consume it, our immune system is weakened by it for a period of six hours, which makes us more vulnerable to germs and viruses.
It also reduces the desire to eat nutritious foods such as vegetables and this leads to nutritional deficiencies.
Sugar: why is it important to eliminate it?
Excess sugar is the main cause of most diseases that develop inside the body. We routinely consume the artificial kind, so it doesn’t contain any of the vitamins and minerals the body needs.
In this sense, the contribution from the nutritional point of view is zero, moreover, it steals minerals and vitamins from the organism. This could compromise the metabolic process of our body, as excess has several health consequences (one of the best known is diabetes).
Some reasons not to consume sugar
- It tends to be addictive, almost to the level of cocaine, as Dr. Robert Lusting, an endocrinologist, states. Dr. Mehmet Oz recently confirmed that when ingested, dopamine production is stimulated in the brain, which triggers a feeling of pleasure.
- Excessive consumption increases the risk of suffering from cancer, as it gives rise to obesity and is responsible for raising insulin levels, which causes cancer cells to reproduce.
- Excess is bad for the heart. When you are on a diet, you may think that everything you eat is healthy, but the sweet foods included in the diet can be harmful. Some studies suggest that diets high in sugar or with too much glycemic load are associated with a higher risk of suffering from heart disease. The excess is responsible for the increase in blood triglycerides, as they are a type of fat that stores extra calories, and for the decrease in the protective factor of cholesterol.
Damage to organs
- It can damage the liver, one of the largest and most complex organs that stores glucose in the form of glycogen. When we ingest sugary foods or drinks, blood sugar rises and the pancreas secretes insulin; the liver responds to insulin by using blood sugar to make glycogen. Finally, the liver stores glycogen in fat.
- It can cause brain damage. Some studies reveal that blood sugar can atrophy certain areas of the brain responsible for memory.
- Excessive consumption can cause acne. The relationship between diet and acne is controversial, but some studies have shown that acne is a disease associated with high-glycemic diets. These diets are typically high in sugar, and high blood sugar levels can trigger the action of hormones and, therefore, an increase in fat secretions, which makes acne worse.
- When we consume a lot of sugar, the bacteria in the mouth feed on this substance, consequently the possibility of tooth decay formation increases.
These are some of the reasons why we advise against the consumption of sugar.
Eliminating it from your diet can help you keep fit and avoid many diseases that depend on this substance. Also, be careful what you eat and don’t overdo the doses.