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Is the sweet stuff really that bad for you?

We’ve all been there…It’s about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Lunch seems like ages ago. The blood sugar levels are starting to drop, and you’re starting to feel tired. All you can think about is that sweet pick-me-up to help get you through the rest of the afternoon.

It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t like sugar. Is the sweet stuff really that bad for you? Unfortunately, the evidence seems to point to “yes”…

Nancy Appleton, PhD, has complied a list of 143 reasons why sugar ruins your health in her book Suicide by Sugar.

According to Appleton, sugar can:

  • Suppress your immune system
  • Cause premature aging
  • Lead to obesity
  • Cause tooth decay
  • Contribute to diabetes
  • Increase the amount of liver fat  

In addition, a study published in Molecular Biology Reports shows that a high-sugar diet interferes with nutrient absorptionsuch as the nutrients found in our Slimberry products—by destroying key digestive enzymes in the system.

Is sugar really as addictive as a drug? Many self-confessed sugar addicts would say “yes,” but the evidence is disputable.

Research into sugar addiction illustrates that the “pattern of withholding and binging—not necessarily the sugar itself—may lead to addictive-like behavior and even brain changes” (WebMd). However, in 2008, Princeton University scientists showed that “Lab animals that were denied sugar for a prolonged period after learning to binge worked harder to get [the sugar] when it was reintroduced to them. They consumed more sugar than they ever had before, suggesting craving and relapse behavior.”  When the sugar was taken away from the rats, the rats’ brain levels of dopamine dropped and they showed signs of withdrawal, illustrating the negative affects of a high-sugar diet.

Research says that moderation is key. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit themselves to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, or about 100 calories. Men should limit themselves to about 9 teaspoons a day, or 150 calories. To put that into perspective, a Snickers bar contains 8.5 teaspoons of sugar, a Mars bar has 11 teaspoons of sugar, and a 12-oz. can of regular soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar, or about 130 calories.

Next time you feel like reaching for that candy bar, try reaching for some fresh fruit or berries instead! You’ll benefit from key antioxidants rather than refined sugar that’s shown to have a negative impact on your health. 

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