Sugar and its harmful effects

We know that sugar is very important in our life. We know that sugar provides a quick source of energy, but that’s about the only thing it has going for it. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars we should eat in a day is 37.5 grams for men and 25 grams for women because men need 150 calories and women need 100 calories per day. If a person has an intake of sugar much more than this, it is a problem for him/her. Among the many disadvantages of consuming too much sugar, let’s take a look at what this deadly dangerous ‘sweet’ called sugar does to you:

  • Sugar is associated with the development of several chronic diseases, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Foods which contain sugar also contain rich calories and have high fat content. These factors can contribute to weight gain. This eventually is believed to lead to obesity in many.
  • Sugar raises plaque build-up in the mouth and also damages the tooth enamel. Sugar also leads to bacteria being formed in your mouth, which can lead to cavities and consequent tooth decay.
  • Increased intake of sugar is also believed to shoot up your blood pressure.
  • Due to excessive sugar consumption your skin starts to breakout and you could have acne problems that you can’t get rid of easily.
  • Sugar contributes in making your heart unhealthy. It adds high amount of triglycerides in your body. It increases your LDL (bad cholesterol). It is suggested that you consume less than 5% of sugar in your daily diet than the 15-20% of regular sugar diet.
  • Eating a lot of sugar gives a sudden rush in the amount of glucose in your blood. This leads to fatigue, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration and forgetfulness. The brain depends on an even supply of glucose and sugar brings in the aggressive behaviours like anxiety and depression in individuals.

So, be careful with the quantity of sugar you consume and stay worry-free.


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