Research suggests that indulging in sugary treats lowers your resistance to infection and robs you of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin A and C, calcium. Deficiencies of these nutrients coupled with continual “sugar high” eventually fuels the growth of cancer cells and can also lead to health problems including diabetes, obesity, anemia, and lowered immunity.
Here are 5 things you need to know about eating too much sugar:
1. Decreased Resistance To Infection
Eating sugary treats lowers your resistance to infection. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that people’s white blood cell counts were reduced for up to 5 hours after they ate one hundred grams of sugar – that is about 4 oz. of skittles or 4 chocolate bars.
Did you ever wonder why the incidence of colds and flu seems to increase after holidays?
2. Loss Of Essential Nutrients
Satisfying your hunger with sugar does nothing to meet your daily nutrient intake requirements.
Most sugary foods do not contain any vitamins, minerals, essential fats or proteins and high sugar intake actually robs you of valuable nutrients such as iron, vitamins A and C, and calcium.
Deficiencies of these nutrients can lead to health problems, including anemia and lowered immunity.
Eating sugar causes a large release of your pleasure hormones, dopamine and serotonin. This “sugar high” can lead to addiction and eventually to the development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
4. Swings In Blood Sugar
Consuming sugary foods causes a rapid rise in your blood sugar. Your pancreas responds by releasing extra insulin to get the sugar out of your blood.
After the initial sugar rush, your blood sugar levels drop dramatically. In an attempt to balance your blood sugar levels, your body will release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
The release of these stress hormones can raise your heart rate and leave you feeling shaky and nauseated.
5. Can Increase Risk Of Developing Cancer
Many scientists believe that constantly elevating your insulin levels through sugar consumption can contribute to cancer. Consuming sugar can also increase inflammation in your body, another potential cause of cancer.
Multiple studies have shown that people who consume high amounts of sugar have a much higher risk of developing cancer.