The bitter truth about sugar

Excessive intake of sugar is not the best choice when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. However, only some consume it in moderation, while the rest consume too much of it. Sugar should be at the very top of the list of foods that should be avoided because we are actually getting poisoned, but most of the time we do not even realize the amount we actually consume.

Refined white sugar is a high calorific industrial highly processed food, It is considered to be the main culprit in the appearance of a range of diseases, such as insomnia, dizziness, allergies, manic depression, cardiovascular diseases, hypoglycemia, hair loss, skin irritation, tooth decay, obesity, diabetes type 2, colon and pancreas carcinoma. It can negatively affect mood swings, heart disease, high cholesterol and endocrine problems.

It makes the digestive system acidic, dissolving the vitamins and minerals in the body, weakening the immune system and liver function. Its consumption of the body takes vitamin B deficiency which causes symptoms such as strong palpitations, chronic fatigue, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, problems with the concentration and the digestion.

It is not only the culprit for weight gain, but also changes the body's metabolism. From the US Agency for heart disease it is recommend that women should not eat more than 25 grams (about six teaspoons) a day, and men 37.5 grams (nine teaspoons) of sugar. It is important to know that one can, ie. 0.33 liters of soda contains ten teaspoons of sugar. Foods that contain "empty" calories, that has an excess of sugar, fat and additives, gives greater amount of energy, but very little nutrients, minerals and vitamins that may be missing the body which is why we are still hungry and thus we eat more.

Below, we present 10 facts you need to know about sugar:

1. Can damage the heart

A higher sugar intake can increase the overall risks of heart disease, according to a study from 2013 published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which has shown strong evidence that sugar can increase the risk of heart failure. Sugar molecules (and starch) called glucose-6-phosphate (G6P) and are responsible for changes in the heart muscle proteins, which would eventually lead to heart failure. It is quite dangerous because approximately half of the people with this diagnosis die within five years.

2. Responsible for belly fat

In the past 30 years, obesity in adolescents has doubled. In obese children there is a common factor - the accumulation of belly fat. One factor could be the increased intake of fructose-rich beverages. A study from 2010 that followed the children's development indicated that excessive intake of fructose causes the development of visceral fat, which leads to the accumulation of belly fat and a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

3. Prevents satiety

Research in 2008 showed that the excessive intake of fructose linked to leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that tells us that we are full. The problem is that we often ignore the signals that our brain sends. For some people, it just does not work which can lead to greater consumption of food and consequently to obesity. Why is sugar a silent killer? Because it all happens without symptoms or an advance warning. If you gained weight in the past year and can not phantom why, consider how much fructose, or fruit sugar you eat.

4. Linked to the spread of cancer

In the world of nutrition, it is difficult to talk about sugar, and not to mention insulin. Insulin is a companion without any sugar can not enter the cell. If due to excessive intake of sugar insulin resistance evolves, keep in mind that there is a connection between this resistance and cancer. A study from 2013 showed that the sugar from the digestive system promotes the formation of GIP hormones that increases insulin secretion from the pancreas. Every time you drink a sugary drink, the body produces certain compounds that send message that cancer cells not only take sugar, but to grow and spread.

5. "Addiction" to sugar can be genetic

If you've ever said 'I'm addicted to sugar', it can actually be true. Recent research has shown that individuals who have had genetic changes of the hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol).

6. Sugar poisons the liver similar to alcohol

Sugar and alcohol have an action on the liver. 2012 study published in the magazine Nature showed that the excess of fructose and glucose can have toxic effects on the liver, similar to the metabolism of ethanol. In addition, sugar increases the risk of many diseases caused by the extravagance with alcohol. And thin sugar lovers should look out for the liver damage can occur even without the excess calories and weight gain.

7. Can affect the aging brain

A 2009 survey showed a positive relationship between the consumption of glucose and the aging of our cells. There is other evidence that sugar can affect the aging brain. Research from 2012 showed that an excess consumption of sugar is linked to a lack of memory and overall cognitive health. A 2009 survey on rats showed similar results.

8. Hiding in numerous everyday 'sugar free' foods

Although you might try to avoid the 'normal' sweet culprits like sweets, cakes, it is necessary to know that some of your favorite foods also contain a lot of sugar.

Ketchup, hot dogs, hamburgers, hamburger buns, french fries, pasta sauces, mayonnaise, various salad dressings and many processed food and even bread contain sugar, even if the taste of this food is not sweet. Foods with a low-fat diet often contains sugar for better taste.

9. Sugar overload (particularly in beverages) may shorten life

A study in 2003 estimated that 180,000 deaths worldwide can be attributed to the consumption of sweet drinks. Only in the US were 25,000 deaths in 2010 due to the connection with the consumption of sweetened beverages and risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

What are the causes of too much sugar?

1. Caries

2. Insatiability, constant hunger

3. Weight Gain

4. Insulin resistance - impaired ability to respond to insulin, a hormone that helps the body "convert" food into energy

5. Diabetes

6. Obesity

7. Liver failure

8. Pancreatic Cancer

9. Kidney disease

10. High blood pressure

11. Heart Disease

12. Addiction

13. Dementia

14. Nutritional deficiencies

15. Gout