What Science Really Says about Sugar’s Effect on Your Health

At White Tea Med Spa, we are dedicated to helping all of our clients lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. One key area of health that is diet; as a poor diet can lead to weight gain and other health concerns. A common element of many poor diets that can lead to several health concerns is sugar. Too much sugar has many negative effects on the body.

Here is a brief overview of what sugar really does to your health.

Weight Gain

The most apparent side effect of too much sugar consumption is weight gain. Foods that contain high amounts of sugar increase the body’s production of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme which promotes the storage of calories as fat in the body.

The sugars that promote weight gain are not just found in junk food. Refined starches such as white pasta, white rice, and white flour can lead to weight gain as they lack in fiber. By comparison whole grain alternatives also contain sugar but due to their higher fiber content slowing down digestion, blood sugar is less drastically affected.

Too much sugar by itself can lead to weight gain, but add to that the fact that many high-sugar foods are also high in fat and it’s not hard to see why consuming them leads to weight gain.

Heart Disease

As noted above, sugar promotes weight gain. Sugar is a carbohydrate and when the body has an excess of carbohydrates they are stored as fat. When a person’s body fat percentage increases, their chances for heart disease increase as well.

Also of note, too much sugar consumption increases the amount of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are the main component of animal and plant fats and when too much of it is present, the odds of heart disease or a stroke increase.   

Diabetes

Diabetes is mainly caused by a pre-existing genetic disposition for the illness. However, sugar can promote development of the condition. Too much sugar consumption can cause insulin resistance, which is a pre-diabetic condition. Insulin resistance reduces the body’s ability to absorb sugar by making the amount of insulin required for cells to use sugar increase. With increased insulin requirements to break down sugar, more of it is stored in the body as fat.

Immune System Depressant

Sugar is often said to weaken the immune system. While sugar does not directly damage the immune system, science confirms that slows it down. A study performed by Loma Linda University showed that sugar did not reduce the amount of white blood cells in a healthy immune system but it did slow down their overall responsiveness.

The consumption of eight teaspoons of sugar (roughly 2.5 cans of soda) reduces the body’s ability to kill germs by 40 percent for several hours after consumption. The reason for this slowdown is not fully understood by science. A possible cause is that one of the many other side effects sugar causes (for example inflammation) simply has the immune system preoccupied. Immune system boosters can help reduce the compound effect sugar has on the body’s ability to fight off illnesses.

Effects of Sugar on Children

Children are far more sensitive to the effects of sugar then adults. When the amount of high sugar drinks and junk foods that are promoted to children are taken into consideration, it’s very easy for children to be exposed to high amounts of sugar.

When exposed to too much sugar, children display signs of hyperactivity and are not as attentive with their schoolwork and learning activities. Children that are already hyperactive, can have difficulties in processing sugar. Too much of it causes stress hormones to be produced by the body and an increase in aggressiveness is the result.

White Tea Med SpaAs the above information demonstrates, a diet high in sugar negatively impacts overall health. At White Tea Med Spa, we encourage all our clients to eat healthy foods, avoid excessive sugar consumption and exercise regularly. We know that doing so will lead to better overall health and beauty. Please contact us today for more information about cellulite reduction and body contouring.

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