The 8 Dangers of Sugar

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Sugar is already a part of our daily lives and that is very evident for everyone. In the morning, we drink coffee – we put sugar, we eat bread – we put fillings inside it, we eat cookies, donuts, milk, and many more. Well I’m sure everyone knows that sugar can be healthy and unhealthy at the same time; while it can boost our mind and bodies for a while, it can also be terrible for our bodies and our teeth. But sugars, in various forms, are in so many things we can consume every day.

Historically, sugar consumption per capita in Philippines reached an all time high of 26.6 kg in 1996 and an all time low of 11.4 kg in 1962. When compared to Philippines’s main peers, sugar consumption per capita in China amounted to 6.00 kg, 12.3 kg in Indonesia, 23.8 kg in Taiwan and 8.80 kg in Vietnam.

I, myself knew about these facts ever since I was young. Overtime I became really disciplined when it comes to eating sugar. With that, I’ve compiled some effects of having too much sugar in our body:



Consuming too much sugar is a fast way to decrease your metabolism and increase the amount of fat your body stores. Research shows that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages tend to weigh more — and be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes — than those who don’t.



Eating lots of sweets has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation they cause in the body. Plus, studies show that sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.



Excessive sugar in the diet may lead to obesity, especially when the daily sugar intake is increased over a prolonged period of time. Obesity can then lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can have additional negative impacts on heart problems and vascular health. 



Sugar promotes the buildup of inflammation in your body and when it reaches high levels your immune system can take a hit. Considering your immune system is in charge of defending your body against infections and illnesses, a reduced immune system caused by excess sugar consumption may be a reason why you are getting the common cold regularly.



Sugar in your morning coffee, the filling inside your bread, and the chocolate you had mid-morning could be causing your blood sugar levels to increase and then drastically decrease as well. Bacteria and yeast feed on sugar, so excess glucose in the body causes these organisms to build up and cause infections.



Acne can be caused by a number of factors, but usually, it is due to an influx of hormones in your blood. Acne can be caused by a number of factors, but usually, it is due to an influx of hormones in your blood. When you ate sugar during a meal and a couple of days later you notice a breakout, it could be a sign of too much sugar and it could suggest that you have some inflammation affecting your skin as well.



After you eat a sweet snack, stress hormones begin to compensate for the crash by raising your blood sugar. The result? Unexplained anxiousness, irritability, and even shakiness.



With all the other life-threatening effects of sugar, we sometimes forget the most basic cosmetic damage it does. Candy can rot your teeth. Bacteria that cause cavities love to eat sugar lingering in your mouth after you eat something sweet. When it sits on your teeth, sugar causes decay more efficiently than any other food. It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day to stop sugars from fueling plaque and bacteria.


Overall Thoughts

The American Heart Association suggests that men consume no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams) of added sugar per day. That is close to the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda.

My point here is that sugar shows a threat to your health and wellness, and finding a way to fight the urge to eat or drink sugar is a challenge I know. But as they say, prevention will always be better than cure. Finding substitute food selections can work wonders when you initially start, but more importantly, reading food labels and making thorough decisions is really what will help you to quit sugar. If you are addicted to sugar and need more help, then chances are you will need to take a few extra steps to improve your success rate. At the end of the day, that is your body. It’s either you take care of it or just let it be. So might as well choose to be wise and healthy.