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Are you eating a diet high in refined sugar? If so, consider the many health costs that it may have, since our body must work much more to be able to maintain the functions of the body at their normal levels, all this in a short and long period of time has its negative impact.

Woman with physical discomfort from eating a diet high in refined sugars

While eating a sugary breakfast or snack, those empty calories could increase your waistline and lead to many other ailments. Sugar is in pretty much every processed food you eat these days, from peanut butter to a loaf of bread. What’s even worse, high fructose corn syrup has quickly replaced pure sugar, leading to more complications.

So could eliminating sugar from your life completely improve your health problems? It may not be the only change you need to make in your life, but it could certainly help.

Health problems from a diet high in refined sugars

Avoiding or significantly cutting back on refined sugar could do wonders for your lifestyle and health. Not only could it support your energy levels, it could also contribute to healthy aging. Here are just four reasons why you need to get sugar out of your life.

Refined sugar causes obesity

With the way many Americans drink sugary beverages, it’s no surprise that the latest report suggests that sugar is a factor in the obesity epidemic. The Obesity Society estimates that Americans consume between six and seven percent of their calories in sugary drinks (SSB). These drinks are packed with empty calories, and eliminating them from your diet can only make one change for the better.

Sugar causes cardiovascular disease

However, it is not just weight gain that is a possible concern; sugar could even increase your risk of heart disease. Sugar was linked to changes in blood pressure and lipids in the body. This latest finding only adds to the evidence that continues to suggest that there is no “safe sugar habit.”

Sugar is as addictive as a drug

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The latest report even suggests that sugar could be as addictive as a drug. Sugar addiction could be a throwback to a distant time when food supplies were tight, and people weren’t worried about empty calories. They were only eating enough to survive.

At that time, our brains could have been wired to overload carbohydrates, primarily fruits and grains, in order to maintain energy storage in times of famine. In these times, however, finding food is not the concern: it is eating sugar without thinking.

Refined sugar affects memory

As noted, excessive sugar consumption among older adults showed a remarkable association with poor cognitive functions, but more longitudinal studies and clinical trials are needed to clarify the direction of causality and investigate the underlying mechanism.

Throughout the body, excess sugar is harmful. Even a single case of elevated glucose in the bloodstream can be harmful to the brain, and deficits in memory and attention.

Some report suggests that high sugar intake causes inflammation in the brain, leading to memory difficulties. A 2016 study published in Behavioral Brain Research found that inflammatory markers were present in the hippocampus of rats fed a high-sugar diet, but not in those fed a standard diet

Sugar can be bad news for our bodies, but sugar substitutes aren’t really that much better. Artificial sweeteners are perceived by the brain as too sweet, and this perception can still lead to overeating, as we mentioned earlier. So we return to the starting point, it seems. With the growing sugar crisis, some have even suggested that sugary foods need a warning label.

The most advisable thing, in order to avoid the damage to health that a diet high in refined sugar can cause, is to learn to taste the natural flavor of food, with this we will begin to leave the added sugar and we will also learn the true taste of food and drink.

 

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