Even though sugar tastes sweet and enhances the taste of most beverages and foods, its consumption especially in large quantities isn’t recommendable.
Sugar has a number of negative effects on one’s health. Sugar does not only come from the household sugar that is used to sweeten beverages like tea and coffee, other sources of sugar include processed fruit juices, energy drinks, soda, candies, chocolates, syrups, sweeteners, cakes, alcoholic beverages, and wines.
It is important to note that almost all carbohydrates are digested into sugar as the end product. Consumption of carbohydrates is therefore indirect consumption of sugar. Sugar has a number of negative impacts on the body as follows:
1. It increases blood glucose levels
Consumption of any form of sugar leads to a spike in the blood glucose levels, a condition known as hyperglycemia. Increase in blood glucose interferes with the body’s metabolic rate and consequently causes other health problems.
2. It causes weight gain and obesity
Sugar is very high in calories. A teaspoon of sugar alone contains about 16 calories. Given that most people put more than one teaspoon of sugar in their tea and also that tea and other beverages are not the only sources of daily sugar for most people, people can acquire a lot of calories from consumption of sugar. Sugar is usually digested into glucose and then the excess glucose is converted into glycogen and stored in the liver. If you continue to take more sugar and get more calories than your body needs, your liver will turn some of the glycogen into fat (adipose tissue). This consequently leads to weight gain.
Aside from being high in calories, sugar also causes an increase in secretion of insulin hormone. Insulin usually hinders fat from being released for conversion to energy. This means that your body will have difficulty burning fats leading to them piling up within your body.
Consumption of too much sugar has been linked to obesity. Sugar interferes with the hormones which control the body’s metabolic rate and this could be a contributing factor towards obesity.
3. Sugar causes diabetes type 2
Consumption of excess sugar leads to an increase in blood glucose levels. This triggers the production of more insulin by the islets of Langerhans cells of the pancreas. Too much sugar in the blood may cause the body cells to be unresponsive to insulin leading to the occurrence of type 2 diabetes. Continuous secretion of insulin may also cause the insulin producing cells to stop working, also leading to the occurrence of type 2 diabetes.
4. Sugar causes tooth problems
Sugar can cause tooth and gum problems. It offers a good environment for bacteria which cause tooth problems to thrive. The bacteria can weaken your gums and also cause tooth decay through formation of plaques.
5. It causes aging
Sugar has been linked to aging. Sugar can combine with protein in the body in a process known as glycation. This process can cause the body tissues to lose their elasticity leading to aging and sagging skin.
Apart from everything, sugar has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It can also lead to health problems like fever and fatigue.
Heart disease is one of the most common ailments especially when one reaches old age. And its increasing number of cases is oftentimes attributed to high sugar consumption.If you visit your doctor and he tells you that you have high level triglycerides and low levels of protective lipoproteins and HDL (also known as good cholesterol), your heart can be at risk because you always indulge yourself to sweets.
Do you know that you can find 16 percent of added sugar on average daily calories from a population of 6000 adults? The statistics above ranges from 3 teaspoons to 46 teaspoons of sugar consumption made on a daily basis.Normally, our body needs a certain amount of processed and additive sugar.
Men have greater needs with ideally nine teaspoons of consumption per day. Women require six teaspoons only. Note that this measurement doesn’t include the natural sugar we get from the fruits we eat.
Don’t feel bad if the price of your much loved soda becomes more expensive. Instead, thank the government for the added tax because this means they care for your health. Even support them in promoting their “no to sugar” campaign to food manufacturing corporations.
Aside from saving yourself from heart disease and loosing some pennies, you can also get rid of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems. So help promote the growing awareness on the different negative effects of sugar for a healthier and better life.
The following tips should help you to maintain a normal sugar level and cut down on the threat of developing diabetes.
1) The number one way you can lower your blood sugar is by eating the right foods. The types that are digested slower help to maintain good sugar levels such as fruits – apples, oranges, pears – vegetables such as – peas, zucchini – and grains such as – oatmeal, barley, granola.
Even if you already have diabetes, these foods can help you to keep it under control. Because diabetes, when uncontrolled can cause circulation problems as well as other problems, there should be an ongoing regimen to stay as healthy as possible.
2) Exercise is another way you can control blood sugar levels. If you exercise in the morning before eating this can lower your glucose just about as well as medication. The alternative to medicines to regulate blood sugar can be exercise is it is maintained on a regular basis. Not only is it beneficial in this way but losing weight and keeping a healthy weight can reduce the incidence of diabetes.
3) Eating four to five small meals a day rather than three large meals will also help to lower your blood sugar.
4) Avoid drinking a lot of soft drinks because they are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Many people drink six and eight soft drinks a day. One 12 ounce soft drink contains 11 teaspoons of sugar. This is eventually going to cause a problem.
Generally the food which is provided to people must be of standard which may make them edible. When food is given to kids, it has to be made sure that the food is of a certain quality and standard so that it does not affect their health and at the same time gives them the necessary nutrients included in a healthy diet.
This is the main aim of the UK Government, they make sure that all the schools have a certain standard of food which are provided to the kids so that they are provided with a healthy and a balanced diet.
Having a healthy diet is one of the most important thing in any person’s life, especially children’s. Only if they eat healthy and stay fit, they can lead a long and happy life.
The food standards for schools apply to all maintained schools and every academy that was founded after 2014 and before 2010. The food that they provide must contain high quality meat or fish, fruits and vegetables and bread, potatoes and other types of cereals too.
All this must be a part of the meal that the school provides the children with. The schools are also not allowed to give the children more than 2-3 portions of deep-fried or battered food for a week and also drinks, chocolates and sweets with added sugar content and software is often utilized to make sure that all of these conditions are meant. The stock management and facilities management plays a big role in making sure that all the government guidelines are actually kept to.
They feel that the children should not have a lot of sugar in their food. As excess of sugar might be dangerous to health and may cause a lot of diseases. Thus, the government plays a regulatory role in the provision of sugar in the food which is given to children.
They believe that it is the duty of every school to provide a balanced and nutritious diet with not a lot of sugar to the children of UK.
Sugar is s fantastic ingredient, it has the power to control what you feel and how you act, but with sugar in children it can be an extremely risky move which can cause many problems.
With sugar Says we are concentrating on the negative impacts and the positive when we can find them.
The site has been setup to look at what the future holds for sugar in food and how local governments are dealing with the issue of the well being of students in their care in local schools.
My great hope is this site will help shine a spot light on every problem we currently have in our world which are brought on by sugar.