What are all the worst things for you that taste the best usually made of? Sugar! Or they are made up of carbohydrates that turn into sugars in your body. Sugar is the silent killer that your parents and doctors have been warning you about forever.
Really, the sweet white powdery crystals are bad for all of us. Whether you have a history of diabetes in your family or not. The World Health Organization insists that a healthy adult should intake about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.
On average, an adult in North America consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day which is roughly an intake of four times as much sugar than we need. Here are 17 pictures that should give you a better idea of how gross sugar really is. Warning: it gets graphic at some points! So don’t read on if you have a weak stomach.
A single can of coke is 39 grams of sugar and is consumed in about 15 minutes (5 if you’re extremely thirsty).
The average amount of sugar one should have per day is equivalent to 10 Hershey kisses. This means that for any of you pop lovers out there you pretty much blew it and had all the sugar you should with 23 hours and 45 minutes to spare.
I won’t guilt trip you any further or make you feel worse than you already do. I’m here to share a couple of photos and maybe persuade you to eat a little less sugar. Again, this may get a little graphic so reader discretion is advised.
Cavities and tooth decay occur when the enamel bacteria surrounding your teeth feeds on sugar creating a harmful acid. So, trust your dentist on this one and your mother for urging you to brush your teeth right after you eat some candy and before going to bed.
You may develop an increased resistance to leptin, the hormone in your body responsible for letting you know when you’ve had enough to eat. If your body doesn’t get the signal that you’re full, it’ll want more food.
Studies show that leptin resistance may be a side effect of obesity rather than the contributing cause. Research done on rats that over-consumed fructose sugars had higher leptin levels which lead to reduced body sensitivity. Increased levels of leptin can affect your entire body, especially your skin.
Too much sugar can lead to increased weight gain because the sweet substance is full of empty calories that do less to help your hunger than you think. I know it seems that eating more should mean you’d be full longer. However, sugary foods do the exact opposite and make you feel hungry faster.
Sugar itself can lead straight to obesity and bypass leptin resistance. Obesity is one of the most known risks of high consumption of sugar.
High intakes of sugar cause your body to demand more insulin. Insulin aids in the process your body takes to convert food into energy. When insulin levels and high glucose build up in the blood it can lead to fatigue, brain fog, and high blood pressure.
Finally, the most notorious possibility that could come from drinking that extra soft drink: diabetes. There are two types of diabetes but, generally, the disease affects one’s ability to produce or respond to insulin causing abnormal metabolism and sugar in the blood stream.
Type 1 diabetes results in the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin. Although, the exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, sugar is often linked to the disorder.
Increased levels of sugar intake can then lead to pancreatic cancer. Sugar levels are associated with obesity and diabetes, so there is a likeliness of developing one of the deadliest cancers.
Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance and causes cells to no longer properly respond to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and can be triggered by a lack of exercise and excessive body weight. Diabetes can cause nerve damage, especially in the hands and feet.
We rarely hear that eating too much sugar can lead to liver failure. Our bodies metabolize fructose (also known as the fruit sugar found in plants) in a way unique to other sugars. This method of metabolization can cause stress to the liver that in turn causes inflammation.
Liver inflammation or hepatitis is caused by an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks liver cells because it cannot tell healthy liver tissue from harmful invaders.
Too much soda, in particular, can lead to kidney disease. Studies prove that those who drink two or more sodas a day were associated with enlarged kidneys that found difficulty functioning properly.
One of the number one causes of death in North America is heart disease. Eating too much sugar can increase your odds of getting heart disease placing too much sugar right up there with smoking.
There are links between excessive sugar consumption and cognitive conditions. The risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s are linked to obesity and diabetess, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Chances are that if you are eating more sugar than recommended, you are skipping out on consuming the nutrients your body needs. Nutritional deficiencies and lack of vitamins in wholesome healthy foods can harm other bodily functions. Essential vitamins like A and D are important for healthy skin, bones, and teeth.
A lot of sugar can lead to a painful form of arthritis. Certain foods have high levels of purines that your body breaks down into uric acid which attacks the bones. I bet you’ll want pass on that extra cheesecake and coke now.