I’m sure we all must have heard the metabolic damages caused by an increased consumption of sugar especially as found in most of our staple snacks and in recreational eating. We have another article here on sugar.
Recreational Eating is Mainly Sugar Eating
Recreational eating is when people eat for reasons other than hunger. It may be due to boredom, anxiety, enjoyment of food, or for a host of other reasons. This can lead to overweight and obesity.
Well see below, bottom line reasons why sugar consumption in excess is a purely risky feeding habit.
- Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- For people who are inactive and eat a Western diet, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver. This can overload the liver as well as damage it on a long term.
- Excess fructose gets turned into fat, which can lodge in the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- When people eat a lot of sugar, it can cause resistance to the hormone insulin, which can contribute to many diseases.
- Because of the harmful effects of sugar on the function of insulin, it is a leading driver of type II diabetes.
- There is considerable evidence that sugar, due to its harmful effects on metabolism, can contribute to cancer.
- Fructose doesn’t cause satiety in the brain or lower the hunger hormone ghrelin nearly as much as glucose.
- Because sugar causes a large release of dopamine in the brain, it can cause addiction in a lot of people.
- Because of the effects of sugar on hormones and the brain, sugar dramatically increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese especially in growing children and young adults.
It isn’t The Fat… It’s Sugar That Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease
For many decades, people have blamed saturated fat for heart disease… which is the #1 killer in the world. However… new studies are showing that saturated fat is harmless (1, 2). The evidence is mounting that sugar, NOT fat, may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease via the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism (3). Here’s a dietary supplement that can help stabilise blood glucose levels.