By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
You have heard it more times than you can count: sugar is just plain bad for you. “I know, I know” you say. But do you REALLY know?
Are you actually informed about all the health risks associated with the amount of sugar you consume in your daily foods and drinks? You, your friends and family could be feeling the repercussions right now.
Read below. You might be very surprised at what you see!
Diabetes: Historically, researchers thought that being obese was the top cause of diabetes in humans. Recently, however, it has been discovered that sugar is also a contributing factor to developing diabetes. By just consuming one can of sugary soda or juice each day you are increasing your odds of diabetes development.
Faster Aging: As listed above, sugar is now understood to be quite the contributing factor to becoming a diabetic. It is a very well-known fact that people who struggle with diabetes are more likely to age faster. By consuming sugar, then, we contribute to prematurely aging our skin. Is that candy bar really worth the potential wrinkles and age spots it could gradually lead to?
Risk of Obesity: Over 190 BILLION DOLLARS is spent each year on obesity research in the United States. Studies on both children and adults show the link between sugar and weight gain. Sodas are a major contributor to sugar consumption in kids. Studies show children are given sugary sodas and juices when they ask for a drink – as opposed to being given water. Want to know another shocking fact? The average 20 ounce soda contains up to 18 teaspoons of sugar!
Rotten Teeth: I don’t know about you, but, the last thing I want is to lose my smile because I couldn’t control my urge to eat sugary foods. The links between tooth decay and sugar are undeniable. By keeping your excess sugar intake at a level of 5% or less of your daily diet, you avoid the cavities that lead to rotting teeth!
Increased Cancer Odds: Esophageal, ovarian and endometrial are just a few of the cancer types that can develop from an excessive consumption of sugar. Just like you read earlier, sugar leads to obesity and obesity is also directly linked to many types of cancers.
Sometimes the truth hurts, especially during this time of year.
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