Sugars are the new cigarettes. Increased sugar intake increases insulin release. Insulin converts the sugar in fats that are stored in the liver. It is also addictive. In animal experiments, it was proved that 93% of laboratory rats preferred sugar water to cocaine. Consider consuming excess sugar worst than smoking or even consuming marijuana. Eating a high sugar diet can have serious consequences on your physical and mental health.

What is the sugar addiction cycle?

Sugar has enormous addiction potential. One always craves sugar. Increased spikes of sugar in the blood causes dopamine to be released from the brain. Excess insulin is released that deposits this sugar as fat in the liver and the body crave for more sugar. The low blood sugar increases cravings for more sugar and increased appetite and the cycle is repeated.

Why is sugar sweet poison?

Diabetes and other diseases have increased since we have had refined sugar. The human body cannot handle man-made sugar.It increases a brain chemical known as beta-endorphins. This causes obesity and insulin resistance. Sugar in excess can lead to heart disease, lipid problems, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, dementia, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

What are the other problems with sugar?

Besides damaging your heart, sugar specifically promotes fat belly that can lead to insulin resistance. Sugar is a silent killer that can be linked to cancer production and cancer survival. Many times sugar addiction can be genetic. Sugar can sap up our brain energy. Sugar and alcohol have almost similar toxic effects on the liver. Excess reduces your sugar life expectancy and it makes you fat.

If the sugar is bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit okay?

Fruits are an excellent source of other elements like minerals and vitamins. They also provide us with fibre. Fruits are good sources of potassium, that help us to lower our blood pressure. Flavonoids in fruits help us to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases Fruits provide us with a balance in our diet and reduce the urge to take other food items. Most guidelines recommend eating fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on vegetables. Remember to have at least two fruits per day along with vegetables.

Are natural sugars better than added sugars?

Natural sugars are found in whole unprocessed foods like in bananas other fruits and milk. Foods with natural sugars are low in calories and sodium and high in water contents and many important minerals and vitamins. full or 25 grams or 100 calories of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons of sugar in men.

Why too much sugar be harmful to children?

As a parent, it can be tempting to reward your children with toffees or candies or sweets. It is important to encourage healthy eating habits in childhood. High sugar intake increases the risk of obesity in children and also chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer as we get older. Additionally, joint pains, gout and fatty liver are possible complications of being overweight. Focus on the value of nutritious foods in children.

What are the free sugars?

Any sugar added to food or drinks is free sugar. These include sugars in biscuits, flavoured chocolate, yoghurt, breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks. Sugars in honey, syrups nectars are also counted as free sugars. Sugar found naturally in milk and fruits are not counted as free sugars.

What about tooth decay and sugar?

Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay. Reduce the amount of food and drinks that contain free sugars. Sweets, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, jams, honey should be limited. Sugars found naturally in fruits and vegetables do not cause tooth decay. Even if you are not diabetic there are enormous advantages of reducing sugars. Reducing sugar intake reduces the overall risk of illness and diseases. It reduces hunger and cravings. It boosts energy and enhances mental clarity. It improves dental health, avoids allergens and helps to reduce weight. Excess sugar is like a slow poison and harmful, so avoid it as much as possible.

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Dr Jay Deshmukh is Chief Physician and Director, Sunflower Hospital, Nagpur Honorary Physician to Honorable Governor of Maharashtra and PondicherryCentral. Dr Jay Deshmukh is an M.B.B.S., M.C.P.S., F.C.P.S., M.N.A.M.S., MD From Internal Medicine – Bombay and New Delhi.

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