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6 Nasty Truths About Sugar

28 Apr 2017

Added sugars are everywhere. Food labels disguise these with fancy terms like 'fructose' and 'invert sugar'. Here, 6 nasty truths about sugar and why you (seriously) need to rethink your intake.

1. ADDICTION

In the same way that drugs can cause dependency, sugar can also become addictive. Some even classify sugar as a drug of its own, as it produces a large release of dopamine in the brain. This better explains how over-consumption occurs.

2. YOU BECOME HUNGRIER

When you eat sugar, you're left wanting more - unsatisfied and still hungry. Otherwise known as the "satiety hormone" or the "obesity hormone", Leptin is the hormone responsible for letting your body know it's full. But when you eat sugar, the brain becomes confused; consequently deterring the body's aptitude to produce Leptin also.

3. A BAD CASE OF THE BLUES

Ever depended on a chocolate bar to make you feel happy? Well, this 'high' you experience from eating sugary foods won't last long. Sugar creates an artificial high in your brain, and as soon as this wears off, you become upset, and the only way to fix this - is to have more. This cause and effect also provides a major reason for the significant link between sugar and obesity.

4. MATURE SKIN

Over time, sugar can cause significant repercussions for your quality of skin. The higher the sugar intake, the more likely an individual is prone to experience sagging, wrinkles, breakouts, dryness and faster ageing. This is mainly because, AGEs are made when sugar enters your bloodstream. AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) are dangerous molecules, which through glycation, threaten the very proteins that maintain your skin's elasticity.

5. ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE

When excess sugar is stored in the bloodstream, the artery walls face an unwanted pressure. The body stores the sugar it doesn't need in the cells for at a time when actually needed; thus, producing additional insulin also. Consequently, an individual may then have high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes, which are often interdependent.

6. ROTTEN TEETH

Just as the old saying goes - all that sugar will rot your teeth. Food and beverages high in sugar, especially fizzy drinks and confectionary, can cause tooth decay. When acid hits your teeth, tooth erosion takes place. Following this, the enamel of your teeth is then threatened. And the greater the loss of enamel, the worse the health of your teeth becomes; potentially inducing cavities, holes and even gum disease.

For fixing your sugar intake, speak to a qualified professional at Port Canal's National Pharmacies, open 6 days a week, where their highly trained team are able to assist your varied health care needs.

Now, that's sweet!


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