Sugar is very addictive. In fact, many researchers have compared it to a drug in terms of the way it reacts and interacts in the body. As such, a lot of refined sugar has no place with healthy eating, especially not one that is intended to promote weight loss. If you’re in “sugar denial,” and still believe that those cakes, cookies, and other processed “goodies” aren’t harming you, read on to learn about some of the major dangers of sugar.
Danger #1: It Raises Your Blood Pressure
When you eat a lot of sugar, your blood pressure goes up. Keep eating large amounts of sugar regularly, and your blood pressure will stay up. High blood pressure is related to weight gain, and it’s also just plain horrible for your health. Furthermore, high blood pressure puts a lot of excess strain on your heart and arteries, thereby increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and other serious health problems.
Danger #2: Sugar Has No Nutritional Value
Sugar doesn’t do anything good for your body; you eat it, you take in its calories, but it gives you absolutely nothing back (except fat storage!) in return. Sugar contains no essential nutrients and is pretty much the definition of an empty calorie food. That means that, when you eat foods with a lot of sugar, you’ll still feel hungry, leading you to eat more. However, you’ll still have consumed all those calories from the sugary foods, making it easy to double or even triple your calorie intake before you feel satiated. Does that even sound remotely beneficial for weight loss?
Danger #3: Raises Bad Cholesterol
There’s good cholesterol and there’s bad cholesterol, and sugar definitely falls in the second category. When you eat sugar regularly, you can expect raised cholesterol, which can increase your risk of weight gain, clogged arteries, heart attacks, and heart disease. Is that cookie really worth all of those risks?
Danger #4: A Dental Disaster
You’ve probably heard it said that “whatever you feed, grows,” and that’s definitely true when it comes to bad bacteria in the mouth. When you brush your teeth, you “starve” or kill off bad bacteria in the mouth, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Sugar, however, feeds that bad bacteria, allowing it to go to work creating cavities and leaving behind disease. Don’t harm your teeth, your health, and your weight, all in one go; steer clear of sugar!
Danger #5: A Less Effective Immune System
Finally, when you eat a lot of sugar, it reduces the overall effectiveness and ability of your immune system. That means you’re more likely to contract viruses and thus get sick more often. When you eat less sugar, your immune system works better, so monitor your sugar intake to stay healthier and fit in general.