Six Reasons to Ditch Sugar

Sugar is sweet, but not when there’s too much of it in your system. These six reasons’ll make you thinking twice about leaving room for dessert.

1. Sugar is highly addictive.

Once it enters your bloodstream, it signals the brain to release the “happy hormone” dopamine, and that’s why we sometimes depend on sugar for energy.

2. It causes weight gain.

When your liver metabolizes any excess sugar, it turns into fat and is eventually released into your blood. Rapid and effective weight loss usually begins with cutting down on carbohydrates as it is just sugar in a more complex form.

3. It damages your liver.

As mentioned previously, sugar is converted into fat. But once the liver can no longer contain any of it in excess, it will be forced to store the extra sugar resulting in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

4. It is the main culprit of Type 2 Diabetes.

The hormone insulin moves glucose (sugar in basic form) into muscle, liver and fat cells where it is stored for energy. However, excess insulin can result to resistance, leaving high levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

5. Sweet tooth? Not quite.

Bacteria, which we know is common in our mouth, thrives on sugar. As they multiply, they eventually erode teeth enamel causing decay and gum disease.

6. It does not contain any beneficial nutrients.

Sugar, even when metabolized, only ends up as calories for instant energy (“sugar fix”). But since it has no nutritional value or dietary benefits, you don’t need a lot of it.

While too much sugar can be unhealthy, eliminating it completely can make you hypoglycemic. Don’t deprive yourself, but don’t overindulge. Moderation, after all, is key.

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