While high cholesterol and fat were considered to be the most harmful for cardiac health, sugar isn’t far behind in that race. It has been proved that sugar affects the cardio-vascular activities and increases the risks of a heart attack more than 30%. Sugar, taken in any form, has been identified as a silent killer.
Increase insulin resistance:
Higher consumption of sugar can cause cells of your body to become resistant to insulin, thereby impeding the regular functions of insulin, the most important being the absorption of blood sugar (or glucose) by the cells and its use. Naturally, glucose remains in the blood stream and gives rise to a number of prolonged diseases like cardio-vascular diseases, obesity, metabolism syndrome and type II diabetes.
Increase cancer risk:
Since the body cells become insulin resistant, it becomes impossible for the hormone to prevent uncontrolled cell growth in the body – a condition that is the stepping stone to cancer. What is more, the inflammatory properties of sugar also act as a trigger for cancer in the body.
Increases calorie intake:
Fructose has much different effect on the satiety centers of the brain than glucose. While glucose intake triggers proper activity in the satiety center, fructose intake doesn’t. Naturally, the feeling of hunger persists even after sufficient amount of food has been consumed and this leads to over-eating and thus more unwanted calories in the body.
Can be addictive:
Who could even think that something as negligible as sugar could be addictive! But the truth is really disheartening. Sugar is indeed addictive and this is because the consumption of sugar causes excessive release of dopamine (one of the neurotransmitters) that creates the feeling of pleasure.