People do not see sugar as generally bad. In fact, people consider it as a reward or a treat. It is a principal ingredient in cakes, ice cream and other sweetened treats. But little do people know that there are dangers that lurk when consuming too much sugar. Aside from heightened blood sugar levels, weight gain may also be a result of consuming too much sugar. Here are some of the surprising dangers that sugar may pose on health.
It is addicting.
Eating too much sugar can affect the signaling effects of the body’s neurotransmitters. It can especially disrupt the release of dopamine, one of the body’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Sugar causes people to take more and more of it over time in order for the body to send signals that makes you feel good.
It can affect your liver.
Eating too much sugar can have unhealthy effects on the body’s organs, especially the liver. Too much sugar in the liver causes the organ to process the excess into liver fat. Over time, liver fat accumulates in the organ. Most of it stays in the liver, eventually resulting into non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The excess fats also affect normal liver functions causing the pancreas to produce more insulin in order to compensate for the function of the damaged liver.
Sugar makes you grow old faster.
Sugar also speeds up the aging process. Fructose in sugar aids in the development of oxygen radicals, which accelerates cell damage. It also contributes to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Sugar tricks your brain to become hungry.
Sugar disrupts the signals that tell your brain whether it is hungry or full. Fructose in sugar affects the timely signaling by certain hormones that it is full. It tricks the brain into thinking that you have not eaten yet.
Lessen your sugar intake immediately.
These hidden effects may make you more aware of what sugar actually does to your body. After being accustomed to sugar after all these years, many people may not still be aware that they already consume too much sugar. According to studies, the average American consumes a total of 130 pounds of sugar per year. That amounts to around 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. According to medical experts, daily consumption of sugar should not exceed 6 teaspoons for women daily and 9 teaspoons for men. A typical American may already be overdosing on sugar. Drastic changes are needed to help bring down sugar consumption.