Refined sugar is an ingredient that we consume with regularity and which is made from sugar beets or sugar cane. It is present in many foods and beverages under different forms: dextrose, brown sugar, malt syrup, granulates white sugar, sucrose or high fructose.
Scientists say that in average, a person consumes 22 teaspoons of refined sugar every day, the equivalent of 355 calories, which is a huge figure, compared to the recommended number of daily calories – 150 for men(which equals 9 teaspoons) and 100 for women (which equals 6 teaspoons).
As you can conclude by yourself, the consumption of refined sugar is excessive and it has a bad impact on our system and health. The best solution in this case it to consume foods rich in natural sugars such as fruits, vegetables or whole grains.
Effects of excessive sugar consumption
Mineral and vitamin deficiency
Once consumed, refined sugar prevents vitamin B, the magnesium and the calcium present in your body from sustaining digestion. This action will implicitly lead to a lack of vitamins and minerals in your body causing imbalances in your nervous system which will be manifested through depression, tiredness, anxiety or even worse, to osteoporosis or arthritis.
We all know that our mouth stores different types of bacteria. Well, when they are combined with sugar, things get a little dangerous because acid results, which deteriorates the enamel. When the enamel in broken, tooth decay occurs.
As you may know, cancer is the result of a chaotic growth and multiplication of body cells. The cell growth is generally controlled by insulin, but when the levels of insulin are also high, then the inevitable happens. The high levels of insulin have various causes, but excessive sugar consumption can be a very serious one as well.
Insulin is a very important substance for your body as it procures it with energy and helps your liver work properly. However, when you consume too many products rich in refined sugar, the pancreas produces more insulin than your liver can bear. The affection that appears is known as hypoglycemia, a disease that reflects the intent of your organs – adrenal glands, pancreas and liver – to regulate the blood sugar.
Sugar can satisfy your sugar cravings, but what happens when you become addictive? This may sound crazy, but it can really happen! When it reaches the brain, sugar determines the release of dopamine, the same substance released during drug consumption. The worse thing here is that sugar along with junk food can release huge amounts of dopamine.
If the production of too much insulin is called hypoglycemia, there is a name for the lack of insulin as well – sugar diabetes. It appears as a consequence of too much refined sugar in your organism.
Type II diabetes
When your body cells refuse to be controlled by insulin, a counter reaction occurs: the beta cells multiply the insulin to the point your pancreas cannot support the balance of the blood sugar. When this happens, the blood sugar levels go crazy and lead to type II diabetes.
Generally, people who consume drinks with additional sugar have increased probability (83 %) to suffer from type II diabetes.