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A list of ways sugar can negatigvely affect your health:



* Sugar can suppress the immune system.
* Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
* Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
* Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
* Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
* Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
* Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
* Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
* Sugar can cause kidney damage.
* Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
* Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
* Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
* Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
* Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
* Sugar can promote tooth decay.
* Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
* Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
* Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
* Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
* Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
* Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
* High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
* Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
* Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
* Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
* Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
* Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
* Sugar causes food allergies.
* Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
* Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
* Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
* Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
* Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
* Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
* Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
* Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
* Sugar can cause depression.
* Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
* Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
* Sugar can cause hypertension.
* Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
* Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
* Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
* Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
* Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.


Fri. Apr 20, 6:19pm

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And it's still one of the most effectively and easily metabolized fuel sources you can eat.

So, you take the good with the bad.

Fat is bad for you, carbs are bad for you, protein is bad for you- there's nothing you can eat that won't eventually kill you. SO relax, eat in moderation and enjoy your life. Have a piece of cake on your birthday. Just don't eat the whole damn cake.

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 12:36 AM

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This is eye opening. But isn't this if you eat like 20 pounds of sugar a day? What about everything in moderation?

Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:06 AM

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Sorry - my eyes glazed over halfway through that and I'm all about lowering your sugar intake.

I know this. I eat a diet where I don't get much sugar. At first this was completely unintentional - a side effect of the dietary approach I chose to take. Recently time and events conspired to render my kitchen unusable for 3 weeks, so I've been eating out or convenience foods and there is a lot of sugar in them. My skin looks aweful! Not tight and firm, but spongy and bloated. I didn't really connect it to sugar but rather just being off my routine until I was reading an article in which a dermatologist is telling the writer the advice she gives to patients to make their anti-aging treatments more effective and last longer. What she said was that she can tell immediately how much sugar one eats by the condition of their skin and that the body retains more water to break it down and is less effective about removing waste from the cells. In the end she said too much sugar is the worst thing you can do for your skin. Then it hit how unhappy I've been with my skin and how much sugar I've been eating lately. So I'll be radically reducing my sugar to what it used to be and we'll see how much of a difference that makes. Sorry I don't remember where the article was or I'd link it and that wasn't even the point of the article, it was just a comment towards the end.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 11:08 AM

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Okay I think there should be a little more clarification is bad sugars and good sugars. It is VERY important to being healthy, also if you want to lose weight. Processed sugars such as High Fructose Corn Syrup ( or cleverly named sucrose glucose) should be avoided at all costs. I know MOST foods you will find including bread, meats, dairy all have HFCS in it these days, but shop the organic section of your grocery store. If you have a Trader Joes, also shop there, but still read the ingredients, just because it says it is organic it may hold some nasty surprises for you. HFCS is a process sugar that causes your body to store fat rather than burning it, considering that your body cannot process this type of sugar it turns into fat and with all the above listed symptoms, it has a big hand in. There are 2 types of sugars you want to focus on, Fructose and Glucose, which can be found in grains, vegetables and fruits. Don't go hording your self on fruit though, your body can only take a certain amount during the day of fructose.. Fructose will give your body the energy through the day it needs. Now Glucose is processed through the liver and is directly related to helping muscle growth and energy, again your body can only take in a certain amount a day. I usually eat fruits through the day, especially for breakfast, then after a workout and later in the night I eat grains and vegetables. On fitness mantra they had an article suggesting that you shoot for about 8g of sugar per serving, in fruits this is impossible to come by. If you buy juice always get no sugar added, it has enough sugar from the fruits, any more and you will be over doing it.

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 12:29 AM

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Hmm, They say there is a list of harmful effects on our bodies for everything. Look at breathing our polluted air.

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 10:46 AM

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this is an excellent list.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:20 PM

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How can sugar cause hypoglycemia?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 8:37 PM

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