Sugar, the sweet poison

Sugar, the sweet poison

Sugar, the sweet poison

Sugar is present in our everyday life in lots of products that we eat without even knowing the quantity of sugar that they contain. In 1955, the average sugar consumption was about 120 pounds per year and in 1990 it reached about 180 pounds per person per year, meaning half a pound of sugar per day per person. As you can imagine this is a huge quantity of sugar and the worst part is that the consumption of large amounts of sugar can have disastrous effects on our body.

Unfortunately one of the most common diseases caused by sugar consumption is diabetes. The diabetes is a modern disease, which appeared in the last century, once the sugar consumption reached higher levels. Eating sugar without fibers can cause constipation that can lead, in matter of years, to a wide range of health problems including diverticular disease, appendicitis, colitis, gallstones and peptic ulcers.

Scientific studies run by different researchers show the same results over and over again:  increased sugar consumption causes elevated triglycerides, elevated total cholesterol, elevated insulin and elevated uric acid, all these leading eventually to coronary artery disease.

Refined sugars, and sugars in simple carbohydrates like white flour bread, are responsible for most of the weight gain people experience after reaching maturity, so another big health issue related to the consumption of sugar is obesity. Often obese people are addicted to sugar and because of that they cannot give up sugar, making useless any attempt to lose weight.

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