This blog post is all about the damaging effects of sugar. Most people acknowledge that too much sugar is bad for you. Unfortunately most people don’t understand the following:
How much sugar they consume each day!
How the damaging effects of sugar are slowly and consistently compromising their health!
Let’s look at the first question to help you understand how much sugar you consume each day.
When I tell people that the average American is consuming a 4 pound bag of sugar every 2 to 3 weeks, the reaction I get is:
Well, I produced a video 7 years ago titled “A Simple Dietary Change” that helps you understand how much sugar you consume each day. The information that I shared back then is still true today.
At minimum, watch the first 5 minutes to see how 4 foods items, that many people consume each day, are causing them to consume a 4 pound bag of sugar every 2 to 3 weeks.
As I pointed out in the video sugar is wrecking havoc on your body.
Damaging Effects of Sugar
I did a simple Google search for the term “damaging effects of sugar” and came across several excellent articles. I’d like to share them with you so that you can see this from other experts in the field of health and wellness.
The first articles is titled “Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now” by Heather Bauer RD, CDN. Heather Bauer, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN), is the author of the best-selling books The Wall Street Diet and Bread is the Devil. Here are the five reasons:
Driving Force Behind Type 2 (and Type 3) Diabetes
Promotes Addition and Brain Fog
Develops Dangerous Belly Fat
Triggers Premature Aging
Zaps the”Good” Bacteria in Your Gut
As Heather states at the end of her article, “Sugar is terrible for your health, and cutting it out only does your body a favor. So, commit to eat less sugar, and you’ll experience profound benefits in the process.”
To further highlight the damaging effects of sugar I’d like to highlight the article titled “11 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For You” by Jillian Kubala MS, RD. In her articles she discusses the following items regarding the damaging effects of sugar:
Can Cause Weight Gain
May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
Has Been Linked to Acne
Increases Your Risk of Diabetes
May Increase Your Risk of Cancer
May Increase Your Risk of Depression
May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process
Can Increase Cellular Aging
Drains Your Energy
Can Lead to Fatty Liver
Other Health Risks
a. Increase kidney disease risk
b. Negatively impact dental health
c. Increase risk of developing gout
d. Accelerate cognitive decline
Other then taste there is not much nutritional value in sugar. So the question I’ll leave you with is:
“Are the damaging effects of sugar worth the taste?”
I personally don’t think so and it’s one of the reasons why I carefully watch my daily sugar intake. My skin thanks me. My cardiovascular system thanks me. My kidneys thank me. My joints thank me. My brain thanks me. My whole body thanks me.