How Sugar is Killing Us : 20 ways you didn’t know Sugar ruins your Health

Fat is no longer the food villain, it’s Sugar. Number of people getting sugar-related disorders like diabetes, obesity and heart disease is sky rocketing. The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us,  It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug.

How many of you know what all qualifies as ‘Sugar’?

Sugar in general refers to sucrose.  Sucrose is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Other sugars include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), crystalline fructose, and glucose.  The term “sugar-sweetened” refers to those food to which  sucrose or one of the above named sugars is added during manufacture. Please note that sugars that are naturally occurring in foods such as fructose in fruit or lactose in milk are not “added sugars”. Sweeteners are classified mainly into two – nutritive or nonnutritive. Nutritive or caloric sweeteners are naturally occurring ones, made by fruits, sugar cane, and sugar beets and on average they provide 4 calories per gram, whereas Nonnutritive or high-intensity sweeteners obtained from plant sources, such as monk fruit or stevioside, or synthetically made, such as acesulfame K, aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine provide sweetness to food but contribute towards very little or no calories.

Sugar is indeed Deadly…do you know why ?

How Sugar is Killing Us

In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain

Sugar is rapidly converted in the blood to fat or triglycerides. This then increases obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. We all know this. But did you know that sugar has much more damaging effects on our body. You will be surprised reading below list.

  • Sugar is an “empty food”. Sugar is devoid of vitamins, minerals, or fiber
  • Eating larger portions of sugar can make immune system completely helpless. This effect can last for about 4-5 hours. This would mean weakened defense against diseases and infection.
  • In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain, which reduces levels of physical activity. As a result our kids get fat and sleepy simultaneously
  • Sugar can lead to kidney damage, especially when one has diabetes
  • Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency
  • Sugar can speed up the aging process, causing more wrinkles and gray hair. Sugar reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end-products(AGEs). These AGEs cause skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden
  • Sugar can meddle with absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, gall bladder and rectum
  • Sugar increases chance for colon cancer in women
  • Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin
  • Sugar can lead to an acidic stomach
  • Sugar raise the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Sugar increase the risk of varicose veins
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
  • Sugar can deteriorate eyesight
  • Sugar can reduce growth hormone
  • Sugar causes food allergies
  • Sugar can impair the DNA structure
  • Sugar can raise the amount of fat in the liver
  • Sugar may lead to increase in headaches, including migraines
  • Sugar can cause Alzheimer Disease

Prevention is always better than getting Chronic Illness

How sugar is killing us

Be knowledgeable about processed foods – Read food labels and don’t be fooled

Sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar sells in the market, so companies are not going to stop adding this unhealthy ingredient.  Only option left is to limit sugar intake and bring some corrections to your life to live longer and stay well. 

  • Limit sugar intake – This is the definitely the first step. Recommended sugar intake is 6
  • teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men.
  • Start controlled eating – Opt for one piece of cake, one donut, one piece of binge food and then stop
  • Ditch Sugar laced Juice and drinks – Replace it with pure water or raw fruit
  • Be knowledgeable about processed foods – Read food labels and don’t be fooled. Processed foods that claim to be “low fat” are often loaded with sugar and salt to make them taste better
  • Eat lots of fiber – Eating an adequate amount of fiber every day can help body to better combat the effects of sugar. Fiber slows down carbohydrate digestion and entry into the bloodstream
  • Stay active – Hit the Gym or head for morning or evening walk or get enrolled for your favorite sport

Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate. A group of women bloggers have taken up this task to create awareness about this menace. I am happy to be part of this blog series. Special thanks to Ishieta from isheeriashealingcircles.com for introducing me. You would surely like her blog post on ‘The secret life of Fat’.

Also would like to introduce to you another women blogger, Honey from Mummasaurus. Her blog post speaks about “This Anti Obesity Day, STOP being OK with being obese “

Stay Healthy, Stay away from Sugar…as much as possible

32 Responses

  1. very informative post! thanks for doing all the research and putting it together for us. definitely going to pay a lot more attention to our sugar intake.

  2. Sangeeta says:

    Indeed prevention is definitely better than cure.

  3. Shivi says:

    Amazingly informative post especially for those who can’t control on their sugar cravings. I loved your entire blog, btw 🙂

  4. Hi, I just saw your blog on Naya’s blog party and tought of giving you a follow 😀 x Looking forward to read more from you xxx

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  5. I agree that sugar is most dangerous thing that we eat daily. But i wasnt aware about these harmful impact of sugar on human body. Just amazing imformation and very useful too.

  6. Mummasaurus says:

    It is really sad that we are so highly reliant on sugars for everything – one festival and we hound on sweets like flies. Its fearsome what has become of us and what we may move ahead to be.

  7. Very informative post don’t know too much about it.. will definitely try to avoid sugar as much as possible

  8. mahekg says:

    Sugar really has many side effects. At my home some understand while some are just so stubborn. Will show them this post.

  9. Ms Meehnia says:

    This is eye opening 😀 I tried cutting sugar but could only reduce the intake and not cut it completely 😐

  10. ghazala786 says:

    Nice and informative post as always Yes prevention is the best , we should include natural sweetners like honey and Jaggery in our diet replacing sugar.

  11. Alexx Bloom says:

    Helpful information I didn’t know these things made my health decline thank you

  12. This is such an informative post esp for people like me who have a sweet tooth

  13. Very informative post, and I agree sugar and all whites are major factor that causes various serious lifestyle diseases. and paying attention on what we eat is the first step, to prevent them.

  14. jhilmildsaha says:

    Its scary how sugar can be dangerous and how brands are fooling us

  15. Charu says:

    The hidden sugar is what scares me the most and the substitutes too which are worse

  16. Rakhi Parsai says:

    I am so happy to be reading this post. I have high sugar levels and it indeed effects my life. You have written such an apt post and every body should read this. Will spread this as much as I can to create awareness.

  17. Sayantini says:

    I surely didn’t know all of the reasons to cut down on sugar. Definitely going to keep in mind!

  18. nuttynupur says:

    But don’t they say that you need some sugar in your diet?

    • Ryan Lee says:

      Hello, no added or refined sugar is needed (or good) for your body. The only sugars we should consume are the natural sugars which are derived from whole foods (i.e. apples). There is an enormous difference between the refined and complex carbohydrates, as the refined sugars will cause a spike in your blood sugar – which therefore leads to such issues as seen on this page. Complex carbohydrates are however different in the way they digest (this is due to the balance of fiber etc) therefore causing your blood sugar to remain more stable whilst additionally offering nutrients and benefits.

  19. worldofmakeupmagique says:

    This sounds scary!! It’s time to put a check on sugar intake

  20. Janice Wald says:

    Hi,
    I tried to avoid sugar but those donut sure do look good though.
    I met you at Naya’s blog party. If you need any blogging tips, maybe you can check out my blog. That’s what I write about. I also have blog parties like Naya. I blog over at https://mostlyblogging.com.
    Janice

  21. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but sweet teeth. This sure was informative though and I gota do some changes, but I never can ever give up on sugar 🙁

  22. Monika says:

    Omg never thought sugar was such a big terrorist , thanx for enlightenment

  23. Snigdha says:

    This sounds scary Now.. Need to have control of my sweet tooth..

  24. Papri Ganguly says:

    This is an Alarming post. Thank you for helping us with the wayouts.

  25. I swear, sugar is really harmful, thanks for those tips!

  26. Such an eye opener! Thanks for coming up with this well researched post full of active pointers to avoid the sugary wrath.

  27. My mom always said – the more sweet it is; the worst it brings to you! I think this is what she meant. Again a very informative post by you.

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