7 Unhealthy Effects of Sweets on Your Body

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 30, 2015

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The harmful effects of sugar are known by almost everyone. However, the details of what the sweet stuff does to your body might not be known to many. Hence, here we throw some light.
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    The Sweet Evil

    Sugar in all forms, including corn syrup, honey and maple syrup, has a powerful effect on the human body. And, the fact that an average human being is consuming much more sugar than ever before cannot be denied. It not only has harmful effects on metabolism but it also plays a significant role in contributing to all sorts of diseases. How sugar effects the body can be disturbing and weird effects it has on you can blow your mind off. So, before you gulp in the sweet stuff here is some information on the wreck it is going to cause.

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    Fattening of the Organs

    Fructose, which is a component of table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, makes the liver to store fat more efficiently and in some weird places. Eventually, a fructose diet can lead to globules of fat building around the liver. The best way to prevent this condition is to avoid drinks with lots of added sugars, including smoothies which might only sound healthy.

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    Making Body Prone to Diabetes

    A study published in the journal PLOS, it was found that every extra 150 calories from sugar available per person each day, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1 percent. Avoiding high on sugar drinks might sound a good plan but, you must also be careful about other things which go into your stomach. Check the labels before buying any edible item because the real culprits might be hiding in some unassuming places like your ketchup, frozen items, breads etc.

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    Unhealthy Heart

    There is an intricate link between heart disease and diabetes. Heart disease and stroke are one of the primary causes of death among people with type 2 diabetes. To reduce the risk, stick of the sugar level recommendations made by the American Association, which 5 teaspoons for women, 9 teaspoon for men and 3 teaspoons for children.

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    Tensing the Blood Vessels

    When there is excess of added sugar in your diet, it produces high level of insulin in the bloodstream affecting tremendously the arteries. When there is a chronic high insulin levels in the body, it causes the smooth muscle cells around each blood vessel to grow faster than normal, says The Sugar Smart Diet. This leads to tensed artery walls which eventually may cause high blood pressure and increase the chances of a stroke or a heart attack.

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    Shooting Cholesterol Levels

    In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association it was shown that besides people who has high cholesterol and/or diabetes and people who were highly overweight, people who consumed the highest levels of added sugars were most likely to experience a spike in bad cholesterol levels and dangerous triglyceride blood fats and lowest good cholesterol levels.

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    Turns you into a Junkie

    Just like street drugs, sugar also triggers the release of chemicals like opioids and dopamine which can set off the brain’s pleasure center. And just like street drugs, sugar also creates a tolerance in the body which means you have an urge to eat more and more sugar to feel good.

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    Causes Depression

    You might grab a chocolate candy whenever you feel low. But did you know that instead of lighting up your mood, your chocolate bar can have a completely opposite effect. A study published in Public Health Journal, 9,000 people were followed to establish a link between depression and eating sugary sweets and fast food. after six years, it was found that people who ate the most junk were at almost 40 percent greater risk of developing depression, compared to those who avoided junk.

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