Are you the one who always needs that extra spoon of sugar in your daily morning coffee? Do you often pack your bags with those yummy looking desserts whenever you go for shopping? If the answers to these above-mentioned questions are yes, then you must read this article as here we have come up with an untold story of sugar. Is sugar healthy? Nowadays you can find sugar in almost everything starting from packaged juices to breakfast smoothies. Many people these days depend on easy to make breakfast or snack options. Most of them contain a pretty large amount of sugar. Sugar not only seems to make food tastier but also helps in increasing its shelf life. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Sugar has multiple negative effects on the human body and based on that some scientists even referred to it as a sweet poison.
Is sugar healthy? The ways it affects health:
It is always suggested to avoid sugar for diabetic, but did you know that sugar is an indirect cause of diabetes? Eating too much sugar can lead to obesity which increases the risk of type two diabetes mellitus. Also, high sugar intake is directly associated with insulin resistance which is a potent reason for developing diabetes.
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High sugar intake can lead to obesity, diabetes and inflammation – all of which are contributing factors in developing cardiovascular disease. Consumption of high sugar-containing drink can lead to atherosclerosis which is another cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that a high sugar diet can lead to cardiac disease-induced death.
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Sugary foods absorb readily in the bloodstream and spike blood sugar level. This triggers the insulin secretion, which results in a rise in androgen secretion, oil production and inflammation. All of which can lead to acne development. Studies have shown that a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low glycaemic index foods helps to reduce acne compared to a diet high in simple carbohydrates and high glycaemic index foods. Incorporation of whole-grain cereals, fruits and vegetables, instead of highly sugary and processed foods can help in reducing acne development.
Is it safe to consume natural sugar?
Again the question is – Is Sugar healthy? Natural sugar or unprocessed sugar is no way better than the processed ones. To cut down calorie, people replace the common sugar with honey or jaggery, which basically of no use. The main component of these – fructose, tends to hold in the liver for longer than other kinds of sugar. Although they contain some amount of micro-nutrients in terms of calorie contribution, they all are similar to that of table sugar.
(With inputs from Ms Preety Tyagi, Nutritionist and founder of MY22BMI)
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