Why you need to reduce your sugar intake: Everybody likes to eat sugary foods, but very few think about how much sugar they are consuming. Along with naturally occurring sugars in foods like fruit and milk, sugar is added to many other food products. It’s in soda, candy, frozen yogurt, cakes, cookies, milk products such as ice cream, and so on. As there seems to be no end to the amount of sugar in every product, people end up eating more sugar than what is recommended for a healthy diet.
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Sugary foods and drinks tend to contain empty calories and usually in excess. Refined sugar has no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber, no protein and no other essential nutrients that are important for your health.
Every organ in your body is affected by sugar, from your brain to your endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems. Excess sugar damages your health from head to toe.
Here are the top 10 reasons to limit your sugar intake.
1. Leads to Weight Gain
With so many sugary treats and beverages, people (especially children) are at a higher risk for obesity.
A 2001 study published in The Lancet reports that high intake of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with obesity in children.
A 2006 study published in the International Journal of Obesity also confirmed the possible role of sugar-sweetened beverages in increasing the risk of obesity.
The empty calories in sugar inhibit your cells from burning fat as well as drives your insulin levels up and messes with your metabolism. All these factors are responsible for weight gain.
A sugary diet causes your body to produce lipoprotein lipase, a type of enzyme that encourages your body to store food in fat cells.
Sugar is also capable of suppressing satiety and increasing ghrelin, the hunger hormone. This means you end up eating more, mostly carbohydrate-rich foods that lead to fat accumulation in the belly. Belly fat in turn increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes.