See What a High Sugar Diet Can do to Your Health
In order to understand how much sugar is in certain foods and drinks you will need to read the nutrition labels.
It may come as a surprise but even foods like ketchup, bread and frozen meals contain high amounts of sugar so always check the labels.
Many of us are guilty of eating too much sugar and the bottom like it is ruining our health.
Around 18-26 teaspoons of sugar a day is being consumed by the average American that sticks to a daily diet of 1,800 – 2,600 calories.
In reality, this is twice what a man should have and 3 times what a woman should have each day.
It is not just tooth decay and weight gain that you can get from eating too much sugar, take a look at these as well:
Bring on Diabetes
Your blood sugar will spike if you eat large amounts of sugar and your pancreas will release insulin in order to break it down.
After a long period of time it takes more and more insulin in order to break the same amount of sugar down.
Type 2 diabetes is when your pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to break it all down.
Suppress Your Immune System
A report was published in USA Today and it revealed that unsweetened orange juice as well as table sugar supressed the immune system in health volunteers by half for up to 5 hours at a time.
This means that if you were to have sugar with your meal every time, your immune system is defending you less than half of the time, therefore you are more likely to be at risk of bacteria, viruses and parasites.
If insulin is regularly overloaded trying to break down large amounts of sugar it is not doing its job in helping control the multiplication of cells and if you have uncontrolled multiplication of cells, this is cancer.
Possible Heart Disease
Sugar is responsible for a lot of the conditions that can lead to heart disease with obesity, bad cholesterol and increased triglycerides being the main ones.
High levels of triglycerides can build up in your liver and this is what can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which could be deadly.
Cause High Blood Pressure
A lot of researchers believed that it was mainly salt that was the cause of high blood pressure, however more recent studies have shown that it is actually sugar that causes it because it affects the hypothalamus in the brain making your heart rate speed up and your blood pressure to increase.
Research and studies have proved to us that sugar is one of the main risk factors in a lot of the diseases that are around today.
You should stick to the recommended guidelines (6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 for men) and this includes the added sugars that they put in all packet foods, remember to read the labels!