76 Compelling reasons to avoid sugar

We came across this rather disturbing piece about the 76 ways in which sugar can adversely affect your health presented in four broad categories:

  • Increased Risk of Diseases and Sicknesses
  • Nutrient Imbalance or Deficiency
  • Bodily Impairments; and
  • Behavioural Changes

Increased Risk of Diseases and Sicknesses
1. Feeds cancer cells
2. Can induce cell death
3. Increases fasting levels of glucose
4. Increases systolic blood pressure
5. Significant increase in platelet adhesion
6. Leads to formation of kidney stones and gallstones
7. Rapid sugar absorption promotes excessive food intake
8. Obesity
9. Decreases insulin sensitivity, leading to high insulin levels and eventually diabetes
10. Reactive hypoglycemia 
11. Headaches, including migraines
12. Dizziness
13. Gastrointestinal tract problems
14. Food allergies
15. Promotes chronic degenerative diseases
16. Causes atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases
17. Causes cataracts and nearsightedness
18. May lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis
19. Causes emphysema
20. Contributes to osteoporosis
21. Contraction of appendicitis, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins
22. Parkinson’s disease (people with said disease have high sugar intake)
23. Increases risk of gout and Alzheimer’s disease
24. Acidity in saliva, tooth decay, and periodontal diseases
25. Gum disease
26. Greatly promotes uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
27. Toxemia in pregnancy
28. Contributes to eczema in children
29. Worsens symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
30. Increases risk of polio
31. May lead to epileptic seizures
32. Could lead to high blood pressure in obese people
33. Increased consumption in intensive care units can induce death

Nutrient Imbalance & Deficiency
34. Upsets the mineral relationships in your body
35. Chromium deficiency
36. Interferes with the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and protein
37. Increases total cholesterol, triglycerides, and bad cholesterol levels
38. Decreases good cholesterol levels
39. Lowers vitamin E levels
40. Body changes sugar into two to five times more fat in the bloodstream compared to starch

Bodily Impairments
41. Has potential to induce abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual
42. Suppression of immune system, increasing risk of contracting infectious diseases
43. Loss of tissue elasticity and function
44. Weaker eyesight
45. Premature aging
46. Increases advanced glycation end products wherein sugar molecules attach to proteins and end up damaging them
47. DNA structure impairment
48. Can cut off oxygen to brain via intravenous feedings
49. Change in protein structure and causes a permanent alteration of protein acts in your body
50. Changing of collagen structure
51. Skin aging
52. Impairs physiological homeostasis of bodily systems
53. Lowers ability of enzymes to function
54. Increases liver size by making liver cells divide, increasing the amount of liver fat
55. Increase kidney size and producing pathological changes
56. Pancreatic damage
57. Increase in body’s fluid retention
58. Affects urinary electrolyte composition
59. Slows down ability of adrenal glands to function
60. Compromises lining of capillaries
61. Brittle tendons
62. Can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly
63. Causes hormonal imbalances
64. Increases free radicals and oxidative stress
65. Leads to substantial decrease in gestation, with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age infant
66. Dehydration among newborns
67. Affects carbon dioxide production when given to premature babies

Behavioural Changes
68. Addictive and intoxicating, similar to alcohol
69. Rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, and anxiety
70. Leads to difficulty in concentration, drowsiness, and crankiness in children
71. Results in decreased activity in children
72. Reduces learning capacity and can cause learning disorders that could affect schoolchildren’s grades
73. Increases risk of antisocial behavior
74. Decrease in emotional stability
75. Depression
76. Alcoholism

That is quite a list. What are your thoughts..?

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