Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you aware of how much sugar is in the foods you eat on a daily basis? You need to understand what sugar is doing to your health.
Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. in her best-selling book titled Lick the Sugar Habit has an extensive list warning of the negative often-dangerous effects of sugar on the body. In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences.
Using documentation from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications, Dr. Appleton published â€˜146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Healthâ€™.
Below is brief summary listing the impacts due to eating excess SUGAR. If you would like to review the full list click here.
1. Can suppress the immune system
2. Upset the body’s mineral balance
3. Contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection
4. Interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
5. Can produce an acidic stomach
6. Malabsorption is common in those with functional bowel disease
7. High intake of sugar increases the risk of bowel related disorders
8. Can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers
9. Can change the structure of protein, causing interference with protein absorption
10. Causes food allergies
11. Lowers the enzymes’ ability to function
12. Can cause constipation
13. Can the mind’s ability to think clearly
14. Can cause depression
15. Increases bacterial fermentation in the colon
While many sources of sugar are quite obvious (cookies, candy, soft drinks), hundreds of processed foods have hidden sugars that are often the real cause of trouble for people trying to improve diet and nutrition. In checking your foods for sugar content a quick formula to use is 4 grams = 1 teaspoon.
A great web-site I have found that provides the comparison of sugar content in many kinds of our foods is Sugar Stacks.