Sugar isn’t exactly healthy; in fact, it may be one of the worst edible substances.
So let’s hear it out as it is – not so sugary sweet, but the truth.
While we may be worried about gaining a few pounds after indulging in some sugary goodness, there’s much more that transpires in your body than just weight gain. You’d be surprised to know that when you eat a lot of sugar, almost every part of your body feels the strain.
The initial insulin spike could pave way for increased chances of kidney failure down the road to fatty liver disease.
Did you know your brain responds to sugar the way it would to cocaine?
So I am sure that makes it easier to understand why it’s a potential addiction and a ticking bomb. Consuming sugar creates a surge of feel-good brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin.
Here’s a breakdown.
Hungry and tired?
When you eat glucose, your body releases insulin, a pancreatic hormone. It’s insulin’s job is to absorb excess glucose to stabilize sugar levels in the blood. What follows is a sugar crash – your blood sugar drops, leaving you feel drained. If you are only eating simple sugars, you will still feel hungry and tired as your body wouldn’t get other nutrients to keep your energy levels high.
There goes the sneaky weight
High-sugar foods pack a lot of calories into a small quantity, and lack any fiber or protein. This makes you eat much more before you feel full and satisfied. As a result, you would most likely gain some sneaky weight and still end up feeling hungry.
Weight gain in the long run can lead to insulin resistance, which in turn hikes your blood sugar levels, leading to diabetes.
From prediabetes to diabetes
When you are overweight, your cells tend to become resistant to effects of insulin and have difficulty to absorb glucose from blood to generate energy. Your pancreas go into overdrive and end up producing more insulin. And even despite the excess insulin at work, the cells don’t accept the glucose, leading to sugar floating in your bloodstream without getting processed. And above-normal blood glucose levels is called prediabetes, which puts you at risk for diabetes.
Save thy liver
Your liver plays an important role by taking excess glucose from the blood and storing it to be used later. So it’s a very important blood-sugar regulator.
One of the liver’s functions is regulating blood sugar levels. When you later need energy, such as between meals, your liver does the deed as your hero. However, as it is capable of storing only a certain amount of glucose, the rest stands a chance of getting accumulated as fat in the liver as fatty acids, leading to fatty liver disease and later manifesting as liver failure.
Trying to pump blood full of sugar is equivalent to pumping sludge through a narrow pipe, and that’s what your blood vessels have to do if your sugar intake is high. And as a result, any organ directly relying on your blood vessels will get affected – kidney, brain, eyes, heart.
Your skin bears the brunt, too, as sugar breaks down collagen and makes you age faster. It also is responsible for breaking down your tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and other complications.
- Look out for sneaky sugar by checking the labels of food products (such as ketchup).
- Keep nuts and dried fruit handy for untimely hunger pangs.
- Don’t skip breakfast as it regulates your metabolism and keeps sugar levels in check, which otherwise will go haywire if you will end up binging through the day.
If you think sugar can’t do much damage, you are probably right but it does set off a chain of events for all organs that can derail the normal and healthy functioning of your body.