5 Bad Things About Sugar:
– Sugar suppresses the immune system. Your white blood cells, that defend you from disease, don’t work well for 3 hours after a dose of sugar.
– Sugar increases triglycerides. Triglycerides are fats with sugar stuck on them. High triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease. The Mayo clinic recommends a triglyceride level of less than 1.70 mmol/L.
– Sugar causes tooth decay and periodontal disease. We all know this and even though you may brush your teeth after your sugar intake, which brushes the superficial sugar off your teeth, the sugar gets absorbed into your bloodstream in your gut and gets transported right back to your mouth to feed decay causing bacteria.
– Sugar can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. The more you challenge your body with sugar, the less well it may respond, leading to higher insulin requirements and eventually diabetes. Keeping your sugar intake down can help prevent diabetes.
– Sugar can cause mood swings, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. That initial burst of energy that sugar provides, leads to a crash in blood sugar later. Blood sugar dips can lead to irritability, headaches, feeling weak or shaky, and poor brain function.
No one is saying never have it, but keep it to a minimum for the sake of your health. Stevia, erythritol and xylitol may be healthier alternatives, but even those should be used sparingly.