Sugar Could be Wrecking Your Health
Sugar, while tasty, could be doing your body more harm than you realize. While sugar in moderation isn’t all that bad for your health, modern dietary patterns have increased the amount of sugar that the average person consumes on a daily basis. More and more food manufacturers are adding sugar to their products and unless action is taken this trend is projected to continue. Here at so SoPure Stevia, we believe that adding more sugar to our diets is a bad thing, and today we are going to talk about some of the health risks that you could experience from too much sugar in your diet.
Sugar, Sugar Everywhere
Sugar has the potential to cause lasting damage. Continue reading below to learn some of the consequences a diet heavy in sugar can have on your body.
- Added Sugars Aren’t Nutritious: Although this fact is already pretty well known, it bears repeating. Added sugars, such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, are high in calories but they contain absolutely no essential nutrients. This can become an issue if a person gets a large percentage of their daily caloric intake from sugar. By taking in too many of these “empty calories”, a person runs of the risk of becoming nutrient deficient.
- Too Much Sugar Can Harm Your Liver: When sugar is ingested, it is broken down into two simple sugars, glucose and fructose, in the digestive tract. While glucose is found in every living thing on the planet, fructose is not produced in any significant amount and there is really no need for it from a biological standpoint. This becomes an issue because fructose can only be broken down by the liver. In large amounts, our livers cannot properly process the fructose and ends up turning it into fat. This can lead to a fatty liver, which is bad for the entire body.
- Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance: One of the most concerning side effects of too much added sugar is that your body can become resistant to insulin. Insulin is important because it allows glucose to enter cells from the bloodstream and forces the cell to start burning glucose. If the cell does not burn off excess glucose it will build up within the body, causing complications such as blindness.
- Added Sugars Can Cause Diabetes: Consuming too much added sugars can cause an individual to develop type II diabetes. When a person becomes resistant to the insulin their body naturally produces the pancreas attempts to make more insulin to try and maintain homeostasis. Eventually, the pancreas cannot keep up with the increased insulin demand and the individual’s blood sugar levels become dangerously high.
As you can see, added sugars can cause a lot of harm to a person’s body. To help reduce the negative effects associated with added sugars, we here at SoPure Stevia recommend using our stevia extracts in place of sugar. Stevia is a no calorie sweetener that passes through the body after it is consumed, giving you that sweet taste you crave without causing harm to your body. To learn more about our stevia products, or to request a sample, visit our website today.