Too much sweetness will kill you, literally. Not that sweetness when you’re in love, which basically kills you in a figurative way. What I meant is the literal sweet-sugary foods, the flavor of sweets that sooth and comfort.
So what do we know about sugar?
Sugar is the generalized name for sweet short-chain soluble carbohydrates. The English word sugar originates from the word sukkar, which came from the Persian and probably came to England by means of traveling Italian merchants. It is created using plants like sugar beets or sugar cane. These plants are harvested, processed, and refined to resemble the white sugar you’ve come to know and love. This sugar has absolutely no nutritional value, just pure refined, sugar.
What changed since the early times?
Scientists say that sugar is toxic, and there are a lot of bad statistics and information on how sugar affects our body. It was stated that children who eat more sweets are not expected to live longer than their parents. A lot of it has to do with the fact and cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Today 4 out of 10 people are overweight. But Sugar exists since forever but what change today is that we consume more fructose than the early times. You may not know it, but 80% of foods found in a convenient store has added sugar value.
Reaction in our body?
Scientists discovered a hormone called Leptin. Leptin’s job is to tell your brain you have enough to eat. As Leptin deliver the message through the brain, the sugar blocks it. When you eat too many sugary foods the brain is having a hard time recognizing Leptin. Because of that, you stay hungry and eat more than what you should and cause a problem in Pancreas. As Pancreas concern, it’s job is to releases insulin which help regulates the blood sugar. The more sugar in the bloodstream the harder the Pancreas work that result to obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and liver disease.
Overcoming that addiction is next to impossible with willpower alone. Because according to studies sugar is four times as addictive as cocaine. But don’t loose hope, this Occurrence can be irreversible if it’s not too late. Just cut down the amount of sugar you ingest. Avoid anything with sugar, brown sugar, fructose/sucrose/glucose, maltose, succinate, molasses, corn syrup, carob/sorghum syrup, fruit juice concentrate, sorbitol, barley malt, caramel, maltodextrin, dextran, or dextrose. Also, regular exercise improves cells’ sensitivity to insulin, a key factor in reversing metabolic syndrome. Easily said than done right? but with a proper education for the right nutrition you’ll be fine. Simply making a healthy choice by avoiding foods and drinks with added value sugars. Start now before it’s too late.
So now what do you think of sugar? Is it a friend or a foe? Is it an ally or enemy? Sugar is not an evil, but life without it is much better. Because too much sweetness will definitely kill you.