Sunday, September 9, 2007

49 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

By Nancy Appleton

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., is a nutritional consultant, researcher, lecturer, and author of Lick the Sugar Habit, Healthy Bones, and Balanced Body Secret.

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the minerals in the body.
  • Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.
  • Sugar produces a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection.
  • Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  • Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
  • Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
  • Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, intestines, prostate and rectum.
  • Sugar increases fasting levels of glucose and insulin.
  • Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar weakens eyesight.
  • Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin.
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar can produce an over-acid stomach.
  • Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
  • Sugar can lead to anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar can cause aging.
  • Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  • Sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity.
  • Sugar can cause acidity in the stomach.
  • Sugar can cause changes frequently found in persons with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • Sugar can cause arthritis.
  • Sugar can cause asthma.
  • Sugar can cause Candida albicans overgrowth (yeast infections.)
  • Sugar can cause gallstones.
  • Sugar can cause heart disease.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis
  • Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  • Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  • Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  • Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  • Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  • Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  • Sugar can decreased growth hormone.
  • Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  • Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
  • Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  • Sugar can cause migraine headaches.
  • Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
  • Sugar causes food allergies.
  • Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.

Be sure to recognize what is meant by the serving size as it relates to the overall container volume. For instance, a 24 ounce bottle of Pepsi contains three 8 ounce servings with each serving containing 28 grams of sugars or a total of 84 grams of sugars for the whole container. This far exceeds the daily 24 grams limit for someone adhering to a 1600 calorie daily diet or the daily 40 grams limit for those adhering to a 2000 calorie daily diet limit. Also, other soda flavors like grape and orange have a much higher sugar content per serving size. No wonder we have such an epidemic increase in diabetes and other ailments.

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