SUGAR & OBESITY

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Sugar is the biggest cause of OBESITY: Sugar is present in all kinds of junk food. It is considered to be the biggest cause of obesity as fructose easily converts into fat inside your body. Consuming too much sugar can put excessive pressure on your liver as it is responsible for converting fructose into fat. Large amounts of sugar are directly converted into fat, thus putting you at a very high risk of becoming obese.

Increases risk of contracting heart diseases: Consuming too much sugar throughout the day causes a hike in your insulin levels, which can further affect your nervous system. The excess sugar in your bloodstream also causes your blood pressure to rise which makes you more likely to get a heart attack. Thus, to avoid cardiac problems at a young age, you must cut down your sugar intake as much as you can.

Weakens immune system: Sugar is a major reason for inflammation which affects the central immune system adversely. With an excess intake of sugar, the body becomes less effective in dealing with infection and common cold because phagocytes (white blood cells) cannot do their job of engulfing dangerous bacteria properly. Thus, you should aim at boosting your immune system by cutting down on sugar completely.

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Sugar can make you age faster: The sugar content in your body creates molecules known as AGEs (Advanced glycation end products) which attack the fibres in elastin and collagen (the building blocks of the cells on your skin). A study also proved that consuming too much sugar can result in acne as the collagen in your skin weakens. Thus, to maintain youthful looking skin for a longer period, you should remove sugar from your diet completely.

Sugar can be addictive: Most people who consume too much sugar get addicted to it. According to a study, the addiction to sugar is very similar to addiction to tobacco and drugs. You might start craving for sugar and depending on it to change your mood more often than required.

By,

N.B.Harini M.Sc(Clinical Nutrition)., RD., Certified Diabetes Educator.

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