Last night I watched a documentary called ‘Fed Up’. It’s about what’s really causing the obesity epidemic: sugar. The information wasn’t new to me. I’ve been studying nutrition for years and I know first-hand the damage sugar can do. Watching this documentary got be pretty fired up though because it reminded me how the food companies are misleading people into eating foods that are not just making them too fat, but also slowly killing them. These food companies particularly like to go after kids because they’re an easy target. Let’s look at why you need to avoid sugar.
Why You Need To Avoid Sugar
Sugar causes insulin resistance.
When you eat a diet high in sugar/carbs it causes your body to overproduce insulin. Basically insulin takes sugar and turns it into fat for storage. If your body is overproducing insulin you’ll be storing more fat and also possibly develop type 2 diabetes.
Sugar causes heart disease.
I’ll bet you thought fat was responsible for heart disease. Well guess what? Too much sugar has been linked to fatal heart disease even in those who don’t appear to have a weight problem. By the way, skinny/lean does not equal healthy. There are a lot of skinny people out there who are struggling with the same health issues as obese people from eating a diet high in sugar.
Sugar affects your cholesterol.
There is significant evidence that sugar will lower your HDL (your good cholesterol). A high sugar/high carb diet will raise your triglycerides which is a better predictor of heart disease than total cholesterol.
Sugar causes tooth decay.
Bacteria loves sugar. If you’re eating a high sugar/high carb diet your feeding bacteria in your mouth that will cause cavities.
Fructose causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
For the first time ever, kids are developing fatty liver disease. Normally fatty liver disease is a problem caused by too much alcohol. Not anymore. Fructose is fine when it’s consumed as fruit. Fruit contains the necessary fibre, vitamins and minerals to allow your body to process it for energy. It’s when fructose alone is added to foods that it becomes deadly.
Sugar is linked to cancer.
Cancer cells can only survive off of sugar. Eating sugar feeds cancer.
Sugar makes you more hungry.
Sugar causes you to release more insulin (basically the fat storage hormone) and less leptin. Leptin is a hormone that signals your brain that you’ve had enough to eat. It suppresses the release of leptin so your brain is unaware that you’re actually full and will drive you to eat more.
Sugar suppresses your immune system.
Sugar depletes your body of the nutrients it needs for a healthy immune system. It also reduces your body’s ability to fight infection.
Sugar can cause depression.
There is a direct link between blood sugar and mood. If your blood sugar is going through spikes and lows daily your mood is going to be affected negatively. A high sugar and therefore low nutrient diet will not provide the essential amino acids and vitamins you need for a stable mood.
Sugar affects your gut flora.
Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut and kills the good bacteria. Your gut flora impacts your immunity, serotonin (your feel good hormone), allergies, bowel function, metabolic function and more. Sugar throws your gut flora out of whack causing a myriad of problems.
Sugar can cause macular degeneration.
Eat too much sugar and you’ll be needing glasses soon.
Sugar causes wrinkles.
Did that get your attention? Basically sugar attacks the fibres in elastin and collagen. Elastin and collagen is what makes your skin supple so if they’re being destroyed by sugar the result is wrinkled skin.
Sugar causes inflammation.
Inflammation is basically the root of all disease including cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, arthritis and many more.
Sugar can affect your child’s IQ
There’s evidence that children eating a poor diet high in sugar and therefore low in essential nutrients may be associated with reductions in IQ in later childhood.
Sugar can cause estrogen production in men.
Listen up men! MOOBS (man boobs) are on the rise! Don’t let it happen to you.
Sugar causes kidney disease.
Sugar damages the microvascular vessels in the kidneys. This affects your kidney’s ability to regulate excretion of harmful wastes among other important things that healthy kidneys do.
Sugar causes high blood pressure.
Most people blame salt for high blood pressure but in fact sugar is more strongly associated with hypertension.
Sugar promotes acne.
When you eat too much sugar more oil is produced on your face leading to acne.
Sugar can affect fertility.
Eating too much sugar can cause polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which can lead to infertility.
Sugar can cause a drop in libido in men.
Guys! Sugar can affect the ability for blood flow and cause nerve and hormone damage. These are common causes in erectile dysfunction (ED).
Sugar Is Sugar Is Sugar
The processed food companies are just as bad as big tobacco used to be. They’re producing and promoting a product that they know does extreme damage and may even cause death and their only concern is making more money. They’ll put a healthy spin on sugar by naming it cane sugar, natural sugar, agave nectre or whatever. In the end your body reacts exactly the same to any source of processed sugar. Get your sugar from your fruit and treat the processed foods like the poison they are. It’s time to take control and get healthy!