A fizzy drink here, a decadent chocolate muffin there. We often reach out for these sweet treats, but it’s not often we stop to consider the amount of sugar we’re consuming on a daily basis.
Of all the foods consumed today, sugar is considered to be one of the most harmful. Sugar contains no fibre, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories. Excessive sugar in your diet can not only make you gain weight, but can also negatively affect your overall health.
Our bodies do need a level of sugar intake, but this should come from better natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. Natural sugars in a moderate dose are good for you, but refined sugars are the bad boys we need to keep a beady eye on.
Fitness and nutrition expert Phil Snowden of Virgin Active, Singapore, tells us exactly why sugar is bad for your body and what are some of the possible detrimental outcomes it can have on your health too:
“Sugar breaks down in the body (and turns into a) glucose molecule. The pancreas is an organ that releases the hormone insulin, which picks up the glucose molecules and transports them around the body — first to the muscles until they’re full and then to the liver — and then after both are full, they are stored as body fat.”
So the more sugar you constantly consume, the more likely your muscles and liver will become full, which means body fat will start to burgeon. Many more issues will arise as a result, most of which are equally (if not more) damaging.
Here are 13 harmful effects of eating too much sugar: