Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bad Effects of Sugar

Do you frequently consume sugar?

Sugar is always used to sweeten a variety of foods or beverages. But if you consume too much sugar, can increase the risk of disease. And the effect was quite horrible for your health. Well, according to the study, the average adult in the United States consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar in one day, while teenagers consume as much as 34 teaspoons of sugar a day.

The following are some bad effects of consuming excess sugar :

1. Increase the risk of diabetes

Consuming sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and sports drinks may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. The results of new studies involving more than 310,000 patients stated people who drink 1-2 servings a day of sweet foods had an increased risk of type 2 diabetes by 26 percent.

Consuming sugary drinks tend to cause weight gain, which is a risk factor for diabetes.

2. Increases the risk of heart disease

Eating excessive amounts of fat are not the only one that increases the risk of heart disease. Sugar also plays a direct role in health. A study found people who consumed more than 17.5 percent of calories from sugar about 20-30 percent more likely to have high triglyceride levels.

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in blood. When you consume more sugar than required, then the excess sugar in the form of triglycerides stored in fat cells. High levels of triglycerides and low HDL levels contribute to atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a condition of hardening of the arteries that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

3. Increase the risk of cancer

"The relationship between sugar and cancer is quite scary. Although not proven that sugar causes cancer growth in the body directly, but obesity may increase the risk of developing some cancers," said Bennett.

Numerous studies have shown a strong association between consumption of sugar and increased cancer risk. Women with very high blood sugar levels are much more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

The ideal daily intake of sugar

Upon the recommendation of the British Nutrition Foundation, a limit on daily sugar intake for a normal adult is 90 grams or not more than half a cup.

Number of 90 grams of sugar has included all types of sugar, either refined sugar or artificial sweetener, also derived from food or drinks that contain sugar.

If someone is eating more than 100 grams of sugar, it can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill the bad bacteria or viruses in the body by 40 percent. The immune system will begin to decrease 30 minutes after food is consumed and will continue to decrease until for 5 hours. 

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