Nowadays, many people are relying on processed foods for meals and snacks. However, since these products contain added sugars, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.
As the demand for processed food increases, food manufacturers fail to follow the regulations by adding more sugars and preservatives. As a result, sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and other chronic diseases such as diabetes globally.
To control the sugars and preservatives used when processing foods, there are numerous advocacies against processed foods
Therefore, any food or beverage that lasts for more than a week in the cupboard will probably have additives. Ergo, you are either required to minimize your consumption or avoid relying on processed foods because they have serious health effects.
Do We Really Know How Much Sugar Are We Consuming?
As modern society finds better and faster food production methods, the quality of our foods declines because some manufacturers are not adhering to manufacturing laws and regulations.
“According to the latest research, the number of sugars used to process foods is worrying. As a matter of fact, all processed foods have additives and sugars although at varying levels”.
For instance, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and refined sugars are used to process candies, cured meats, cupcakes, marshmallows, potato snacks, pancake mixes, and other processed foods and beverages.
According to the latest scientific research, a regular soda contains an average of 10 tablespoons of sugar to improve the taste of the beverage. With such an amount of sugar, soft drinks are always associated with developing bad teeth and diabetes.
It is easier to make a choice when you know the amount and type of sugars/additives used.
However, since more additives are used when processing foods nowadays, numerous health conditions have been associated with processed foods.
Metabolic syndrome, heart diseases, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are some of the common health conditions resulting from sugar intake.
It is not easy to avoid processed foods and beverages but reducing their consumption is essential for us to make our bodywork in the best possible way.
Secondly, gathering recent information about processed foods is vital because you will be able to determine the foods/beverages you will avoid.
REASONS WHY SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
1. Causes weight gain
People who drink sugary beverages most of the time gain more weight than the people who don’t. Beverages increase the amount of visceral fat which is associated with heart disease and diabetes
Fructose is one of the common sugars used when making ice creams, sodas, candies, and even bread products.
Therefore, since these products are associated with children mostly, there is a high chance that your child will be obese or gain a lot of weight if you don’t regulate the amount/type of processed food he/she eats.
2. Deadly appetite
- Consuming foods and drinking beverages that have a lot of sugars causes resistance to leptin. Leptin is an important hormone that regulates hunger.
- This means that processed foods do not curb your hunger but rather increases your appetite. As a result, you may end up eating a lot of food, gain a lot of weight or develop belly fat.
3. Increases your risk of heart disease
- It has been confirmed that high sugar diets lead to obesity, inflammation, increased blood sugar, and blood pressure levels – all risk factors for heart disease.
- In addition, consuming a lot of sugar especially from sugar-sweetened drinks can cause arteriolosclerosis, a disease associated with clogging of arteries and eventually heart disease.
4. Increases your risk of diabetes
- Obesity, which is caused by consuming a lot of sugars, is considered a predisposing factor for getting diabetes (a serious health problem in the world).
- Furthermore, prolonged consumption of sugar causes resistance to insulin, a hormone that is produced by the pancreas to control the sugars in the blood. Insulin resistance leads to an increase in blood sugar and consequently increases your risk of diabetes.
5. Can cause acne
Sugary foods increase blood sugar and insulin levels in the body. When blood and insulin levels increase, oil production, inflammation, and androgen secretion in the body increase thus promoting acne development.
Bottom-line, foods that have a high glycemic index are associated with acne development while foods that have a low glycemic index cause less risk.
With all the health risks associated with consuming high sugars, the best way to limit your sugar intake is by preparing your own food at home and avoid buying foods/beverages that have high sugar content.
Blood sugar problems, increased heart disease problems, and weight gain are some of the health problems associated with consuming excess sugars. For these reasons, follow a healthy diet plan based on whole foods to keep the level of added sugars to a minimum.