Negative Effects of Excessive Sugar

Negative Effects of Excessive Sugar

It’s a no-brainer that too much sugar is bad for us and will cause us to put on weight. The problem with overconsumption of sugar is that we aren’t always so sure where it’s coming from, what sugars are good, what sugars are bad, what the ingredients list means, or if the way certain foods are advertised is really telling you the truth.

So, let’s break it down. The sugars that are most commonly overconsumed are known as “free sugars”, these are the type of sugars that are added into foods such as cereals, fizzy drinks, chocolates, biscuits etc. Free sugars are also present in syrups, honey, smoothies, fruit and vegetable juices. It also can be hard to spot added sugars on food labels because often they’re listed under different names as shown in the picture.

Risks the come with overconsuming sugar include…

Continuous cravings
To me, chocolates and sweets are known as fake happiness, this is because when you eat something made of free sugars your brain immediately releases the happy hormone, dopamine. In doing this, the brain then craves more sugar to get that same feeling. We have all searched the cupboards for a sweet snack after dinner, it could be that you aren’t eating enough protein, so a healthy alternative could be a protein shake which will satisfy your sweet cravings and your body’s need for more protein.

Low energy & risk of depression
We experience a surge of energy known as a “sugar high”, however with all highs come lows. As the sugar levels drop you experience a “sugar crash” and can become anxious and jittery, ultimately you will feel slumped and low in energy. Studies have also shown a high sugar intake is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults.

Organs take a beating
This includes your skin (yes, your skin is an organ and the largest one we own), your liver, your heart, your pancreas and your kidneys. When excess sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream, it creates a harmful molecule called “AGEs” which does exactly what you think – it ages your skin prematurely creating wrinkles and sagging. When the fructose in sugar is broken down in the liver it can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Excessive sugar consumption can thicken and stiffen the arteries due to the extra insulin in the bloodstream, this puts a huge strain on the heart and leads to heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. Your pancreas will also stop responding properly to insulin by overworking and pumping out too much, this will cause the pancreas to eventually break down leading to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And if that hasn’t scared you off from picking up that extra chocolate bar, overconsumption of sugar will also lead to kidney failure due to being unable to properly filter waste from your blood.

Halloween was over a month ago, we dress up as spooky characters in celebration of the holiday, but the real thing to fear is how harmful and deceiving the sugary treats are… What’s scarier is that it doesn’t simply end at Halloween. So, make your food choices wisely, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more guidance on how you can moderate your sugar intake. 🍭🍩🍫🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️😱

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