12 Reasons to reduce your sugar consumption!
1. Sugar drives obesity.
2. Sugar drives fatty liver disease.
3. Sugar drives tooth decay.
4. Sugar interferes with the delicate balance of bacteria in your digestive system.
5. Sugar can cause hyperactivity and mood issues.
6. Sugar doesn’t satisfy your hunger, it actually leaves you hungry, craving more sugar, decreasing your body’s leptin response (a hormone critical for appetite regulation).
7. Sugar drives large highs and lows in your blood glucose levels, which is a common cause of energy ups and downs throughout the day.
8. Sugar binds with proteins in the blood and forms glycoproteins, causing “sticky blood” and drives inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
9. Sugar is the food of choice for some forms of cancer.
10. Sugar stimulates the stress response (the fight/flight response that causes the body to release stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol).
11. Sugar effects your white blood cells ability to remove harmful foreign particles, bacteria, and dead or dying cells (known as phagocytosis), which effectively disables your immune system.
12. Sugar induces significant oxidative stress on the body which leads to aging and serious illness such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer.
I encourage you to look at how much sugar you are consuming, I bet you will be surprised. On food packaging look at grams of sugar. 4g is 1 teaspoon so if your product has 20g sugar, it contains 5 teaspoons.
The World Health Organisation recommends an upper limit of 6 teaspoons per day for adults to maintain health. You will easily get more than that in an average juice, cereal, sauce or low fat yoghurt! You don’t have a biological need for sugar at all! I highly recommend you watch That Sugar Film with the whole family; it is a fun way to learn more of what you need to know about sugar.
Fiona Kane, Nutritionist, Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre