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  • Writer's pictureDr. Cedrick Noel

Why Sugar is Harmful: One of the Top 3 Most Inflammatory Foods

The United States is the biggest consumer of sugar on the globe. The country's per capita sugar consumption is 126.4 grams daily. That translates to more than ten times the lowest recommended intake of 11 grams per day. Sugar is harmful because it causes significant inflammation in the body, it is highly addictive and it pushes you towards life threatening diseases even at a young age.

Conditions associated with higher intake of refined sugar

  • Increase systemic inflammation

  • Causes low blood flow to the “Focus” part of your brain

  • Lower cognitive function, memory, and intelligence

  • Increase risk of insulin resistance

  • Metabolic syndrome (High blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, excess body fat around the waist. Increased risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Decreases the brain’s ability to repair injury

  • Limits the body’s ability to process omega 3 fatty acids

  • Exert long term molecular changes in the brain, especially the hippocampus (memory and emotional regulation)

  • Increased risk for depression

  • Shortens life span by 5 years or more

  • Harmful to hippocampus, emotional regulation, memory, brain fog, confusion

  • Cancer cells have 50 times more insulin receptors than normal cells and the feed on sugar.

Refined sugar affects body types differently

  • In obese adolescents:

    • Blood flow to the prefrontal cortex decreases (executive function)

    • Blood flow to the hypothalamus increases (appetite)

  • In lean adolescents:

    • Blood flow to the prefrontal cortex increases (executive function)

    • Blood flow to the hypothalamus does not change (appetite)

30 known health problems associated with sugar consumption

  • Can cause heart disease

  • Can cause tooth decay

  • Feeds cancer

  • Can cause depression

  • Can weaken eyesight

  • Can cause cataracts

  • Contributes to obesity

  • Can cause diabetes

  • Dehydrates newborns

  • Causes constipation

  • Can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen

  • Can cause premature aging

  • Causes varicose veins

  • Can cause hyperactivity in children

  • Can cause crankiness in children

  • Difficulty concentrating in children

  • Can cause anxiety in children

  • Can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others overactive

  • Can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

  • Can cause mild memory loss

  • Can make PMS worse

  • Can slow down the ability of adrenal glands to function

  • Can suppress the immune system

  • Can decrease testosterone production

  • Increases estradiol in men

  • Can damage the pancreas

  • Can increase cholesterol

  • Can interfere with the absorption of protein

  • Interferes with body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium

  • Can produce a significant rise in triglycerides

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