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Refined Sugar and the Risks it Poses

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Refined Sugar and the Risks it Poses

Excessive sugar consumption can literally clog the human body. Overdoing refined sugar and sweets made from it poses a number of health risks. See what are the 7 most pronounced dangers of sugar consumption.

It turns out that first on the list of risks that refined sugar hides is the depletion of vitamin B1 in the body. This vitamin plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and in the synthesis of nucleic acids. Lack of vitamin B1 disrupts the conduction of nerve impulses in the central nervous system, reduces our ability to remember.

Refined sugar creates the perfect environment in the mouth for bacteria to grow. Overeating sweets like chocolate cakes and delicious cupcakes leads to tooth decay.

In unreasonable quantities refined sugar reduces the protective functions of the body. Thanks to it, the ability of white blood cells to kill bacilli is reduced, leading to a suppressed immune system.

The conversion of glucose to triglycerides raises blood fat levels. Refined sugar also contributes to the onset of insidious hypoglycemia and the onset of diabetes in adults.

When there is more than 10% sugar in the stomach, unpleasant stomach disturbances occur. It is important to know that concentrated sugar solution is a powerful mucosal irritant.

The other unhealthy consequence of overusing white sugar is constipation. This condition is reached because sugar-rich foods are usually low in cellulose. As is known, constipation occurs as a result of an insufficient amount of cellulose in the food received.

Consuming too much sugar also leads to myocardial infarction. Those who consumed 110 g of sugar (equivalent to 22 teaspoons of sugar) were five times more likely to have a heart attack than those who consumed 60g (12 teaspoons) of sugar.

The bottom line: With the exception of fruit, the ideal food should contain minimal (if any) sugars. It is also important to note that refined sugar does not contain vitamins and minerals.

Sugar in fruit

Every day we hear that excess sugar and fat are bad for your health. How many of us listen to these warnings and put them into practice?

Do you know how excess sugar can affect your health? You may have noticed that when you eat something sweet, your teeth hurt, and sometimes even lunch is an unpleasant memory because the chocolate you just munched on has had an effect.

According to American experts, refined sugar contributes to the appearance of cancer cells and aims to increase the cholesterol value in adults.

In addition, it can have the effect of weakening eyesight, and in children it leads to weight gain.

In addition, the refined sugar in sweets, candies and juicy cakes, which we do not skip at any meal, increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The first signs of damage from refined sugar are eczema, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and frequent illnesses.

Consumption of refined sugar leads to a weakening of the immune system and the body can no longer fight infections and bacteria. However, measures to completely remove sugar from the diet are risky. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a healthy body needs sweet, salty, bitter and sour every day to feel wholesome.

Experts believe that the best way to avoid complications that can arise is to replace daily sugar with honey or sweet foods, but which are not harmful in the long run.

You can sweeten your daily coffee with honey, but you can also include it in cakes. Morning tea is recommended unsweetened, and if you want, you can use stevia leaves for it, which will add a sweet and delicious taste to your daily tea.

Sweet fruits can be used for a quick dessert, raw cake or other favorite sweets without the need to add sugar. Pears, apples, cream cheese can be used in your festive pies, pancakes, cakes for guests without the need to add refined sugar to them. All you have to do is think about healthy alternatives to sugar and you will see that you can easily replace it without much effort.

Refined sugar in cakes

Give up the habits related to the consumption of sugar

Another important step is to identify habits that encourage you to eat sugar. The combination of two pleasures makes giving up even more difficult, but if you have the will you will succeed.

For example, many people are used to eating something sweet when watching their favorite TV show. To free yourself from this temptation, at least for a while, you can try to do something else pleasant instead of watching TV, or eat something savory instead of sweets. For example, homemade popcorn. And why not vegetable chips. For example, kale chips is a great idea.

Also, another strong temptation is that of the group. When you're out with your friends and they buy nutty ice cream and ask you to get some, it's a lot harder to resist. You can try to make a general decision about this and avoid all that food, or you can tell them that you just want to give up and stop indulging.

Arm yourself with patience. Although it seems very hard to believe, once you get past the initial period where you only think about donuts with cream or chocolate croissants, you will see that after a few weeks you simply will not feel the need to consume refined sugar. Be patient and encourage yourself to push through the worst temptations, the ones that come right after the decision to give up sugar.

As it has already become clear, the risks of consuming refined sugar are not few. But if you say goodbye to this sweetener, you will feel many positive improvements. For example, you will lose weight very quickly, you will be more energetic. You will have desires for more things. It is possible to get rid of digestive problems, bad breath, fatigue, difficulty falling asleep. Give yourself at least 1 month and you will see how much your life will change.