What sugar does to your body can lead to sickness. Sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients you can put in your body and it’s something many of us eat far too much of. According to the latest stats from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average North American eats 76.7g of sugar every day which is the equivalent of 19 teaspoons! Below we’ll be discussing five of the main reasons you should limit your consumption of sugar.
It Has No Nutritional Value
One of the biggest reasons to avoid refined sugar is that it contains no essential vitamins, minerals or antioxidants (aka nutrients). These nutrients are found in almost every healthy, natural (unprocessed) food and are essential for your body’s survival. They support all the internal processes in your body, protect against illness and allow you to perform at your peak.
Eating too much refined sugar often stops you getting the nutrients your body needs from your diet and causes nutrient deficiencies. These nutrient deficiencies can cause you to feel sluggish, affect how you perform and lead to serious health problems.
What Sugar Does To Your Body:
It Disrupts Your Energy Levels
Sugar enters the bloodstream quickly and causes a rapid surge in energy levels, followed by a rapid crash. While the initial sugar high may give you a few minutes of increased energy and focus, the overall impact of these constant fluctuations in energy caused by eating too much refined sugar is negative. It makes it very difficult to concentrate for long periods of time, causes you to become unproductive and makes you feel lethargic.
It Causes Weight Gain
Unlike proteins and fats which take longer to digest and have a satiating effect on the body, sugar passes through the digestive system very quickly and doesn’t satisfy your appetite. As a result, you still crave more food after filling up on refined sugar, and are very likely to overeat.
Sugar is also hidden in many foods such as most packaged foods including breads, sauces and sodas. Because it doesn’t satisfy your appetite in the same way that other foods do, these hidden sugars add extra calories without filling you up and cause you to gain weight.
It Causes Liver Damage
Many of the refined sugars in foods come in the form of fructose. When you eat too much fructose, it overloads the liver and as a result, it turns fructose into fat. This then can lead to fatty liver disease or one of the many other liver problems. It will have a negative impact on your energy levels, digestion and overall health.
It Causes Inflammation in the Body
Numerous studies have shown that eating large amounts of refined sugar can cause excessive inflammation in the body. Not only is this excessive inflammation painful, but it also damages your body’s cells and vital organs, and can cause permanent health problems. Inflammation in the body has also been linked with accelerated internal and external aging. Plus, it is also one of the biggest risk factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Chocolate Banana Bliss Smoothie
- 1 cup dairy free milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup kale
- 2 tbsp. cashew or almond butter
- 2 tbsp. raw cacao
- 1 cup ice (to consistency)
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- Blend all together; add ice to desired consistency; enjoy!