146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

Tis the season of sugar-centric holidays.  I advise eating it in moderation. 

146 Reasons Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health

Just a “short list” of ways sugar can affect your well being.

Sugar can suppress the immune system.
Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
Sugar can cause kidney damage.
Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
Sugar can promote tooth decay.
Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
Sugar causes food allergies.
Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
Sugar can cause depression.
Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
Sugar can cause hypertension.
Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

Thank you Dr. Nancy Appleton for sharing this list and thank you even more for the impressive resources ( wow!)

I personally believe sugar is an addiction and a habit. Try this experiment. Stop having sugar for 30 days. It’s harder than you might think to quit. What’s worse is when you discover how many sugars are hidden.  You think you’ve gotten through an entire day without obvious sugary foods only to find your salad dressing has sugar in it or your toothpaste or worse yet – your frozen peas!!! 

Once you have completely stopped eating sugar  – stay off of it for several weeks straight   

Then as part of the experiment re-introduce it.

You will literally find yourself not able to think about anything else.

Observe how you feel once you start eating it again.

The book L
ick the Sugar Habit by Dr Appleton offers further commentary, an ” are you a sugar addict” quiz and much much more.

Did you know that the nutrient B Complex help curb cravings for sweets?  Should you be pre-diabetic this nutrient can actually help reassimilate glucose back into the cell.

brown sugar flickr image credit

K a r e n     H a n r a h a n
Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant
Mentoring YOU to Health Success
Weight Loss 

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7 Responses to 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

  1. nadine sellers says:

    a simple list for simple living = a MUST, i repeat, MUST LIST for mothers and helpers.a list for the refrigerator door, the cupboard door and the grocery list.this is the list of all lists, the mother of all lists.in a sweetened up country, a list of wellness. merci.

  2. Ah, sugar, my Acheilles heel! How I love gooey cinnamon rolls (slathered in frosting), dark chocolate brownies and snickerdoodles, all topped off with an ice cold Dr. Pepper! But – it’s been five days since I cut out sugar; could never do it before, but my doctor recommended it (for a variety of reasons) and I finally believed him. Food fantasies aside, it has been suprisingly easy, and I’m feeling more energtic already. So thanks Karen, for the reminder of the many health reasons, and an inadvertant nudge to keep going. Yay!

  3. Karen Hanrahan says:

    the lists of all lists, the mother of all lists, gosh nadine you are the best!!

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

    You’re very very welcome. If I can support you in this new adventure of yours please let me know. I am glad to hear you taking it on.

  5. Elena says:

    is there any difference between white refined sugar versus the organic whole cane sugar that has not been processed?obviously addicted…..Elena

  6. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Dear obviously addicted Elena,LESS refined is considered better. 

  7. Wow, I never knew that 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health. That’s pretty interesting…

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