It causes a sudden influx of energy and then sudden decline, it impairs the mental function and always causes a desire to eat more and more.
If you thought we are talking about an opiate, we are not – we are talking ABOUT SUGAR.
Do you think that sugar is worse and as detrimental to the human race as cocaine?
According to the latest scientific research the answer could be positive.
Researchers believe that sugar is a toxic substance whose use should be legally regulated, following the example of alcohol and tobacco.
Besides fattening, lot of research show, that too much sugar also impairs the function of the brain and liver, disrupts the metabolism and increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Despite numerous negative effects and the fact that sugar is found in 80% of our food, still, on official level, there are no concrete measures to protect the health. But while this scientific warnings falls into the category of those often ignored.
After the initial shock due to adverse findings most of us shrug our shoulders and reach for the nearest dessert, of course it is a personal choice but before you make that decision you need to find out which problems are caused by excess sugar intake.
Sugar Is A Sweet Health Hazard
Sweet tooth occurs when you are down or if you are under stress! The truth is that this impulsive need for something sweet lies much deeper. To discover the impact of sugar, scientists filmed the brain activity of those who ate something sweet.
What they saw was similar to what happens to the brain activity of other addicts – registering activated parts of the brain, like those when alcoholics drink, demonstrating increases in brain levels of dopamine, which stimulates the desire to consume more sweet. Sugar also stimulates production of the hormone serotonin which has a calming act.
Solution: Experience shows that people who are on diet are prone to overeating when they are under stress, so eating cookies or a small piece of cake as once or twice a week is not so scary at all.
Unexplained weight gain
You don’t eat fast food and you don’t drink diet drinks BUT you’re still getting fatter? You are wondering why?Natural or artificial sugar is a hidden saboteurs. When the pancreas feels there is sugar in the body, it releases insulin which stimulates the cells of the liver, muscles and fat tissue, so they take up the glucose from the blood and deposit it as glycogen for energy.
Eating large quantities of food suddenly causes a sudden spike and then decline in the level of insulin. What are the consequences? Fatigue and desire for food to restore energy. Artificial sweeteners are not recommended, as they travel to the part of the brain that is responsible for the desire but not the one responsible for the award.
Solution: Satisfy your need for sweet with fresh fruit, and switch from soft and diet drinks to mineral water (sparkling or still). If you need to savor the sweet, take a small fruit which contains natural sugar and eat it slowly.
Decline in concentration
Research shows that sugar free radicals formed in the brain membrane disrupt the connection between the nerve cells. It can adversely affect the performance of the memory.
Solution: Limit your daily intake of sugar of less than 40 grams (10 teaspoons). Read the list of ingredients on products because they may contain sugar quantity enough for the whole day.
Eating too much sugar causes premature aging of the skin just like the UV rays and smoking. Young skin (generally under 35) successfully regenerates collagen and elastin as they decompose under the influence of sunlight, but when the sugar matures in the skin, its ingredients cause the creating of cross-links of amine acids. This process disrupts the mechanism of regeneration and over time wrinkles appear.
Solution: Cross-links formed this way are permanent and therefore the intake of sugar should be minimal or completely eradicated. All dermatologists agree that sugar is a great enemy of the skin. Avoid sugary sodas and processed foods while take your coffee and tea sweetened with cinnamon.
Slow physical activities
Sugar is the basic fuel of our muscles . If your breakfast consists of carbohydrates which are broken down into simple sugar – glucose, you will have more energy for exercise. On the other hand, fruits and foods with natural sweeteners contain fructose, which is metabolized in the liver but not in the muscles. And that’s why we may have inflated stomach or even a diarrhea.
Solution: Snacks that contain glucose with only 4 to 8 grams of fructose will increase the level of glucose. So, one hour before training you should drink sports drink or eat some nuts.
NO – FAT & SUGAR FREE SMOOTHIE
- 2 cups ice
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups of non-fat milk
- 1/4 cup Splenda
- 1-2 tablespoons banana, orange, vanilla, or strawberry extract
In blender, combine milk and ice.
Blend until a milkshake consistency is reached.
Add Splenda and one or more of the flavorings or extracts of your choice.
Process on high speed for 1 minute.
Enjoy the taste!
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