Why you need to give up sugar

Of course, you know that sug­ar is harm­ful, but you don’t have the strength to give up your favorite cake or choco­late can­dy? We’ve got you cov­ered — here are the top 5 rea­sons why you should dras­ti­cal­ly reduce your sug­ar intake.

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Sug­ar caus­es fat

The sug­ar you con­sume goes to the liv­er and is stored there as glyco­gen. If glyco­gen stores begin to exceed the norm, excess sug­ar is stored in the form of fat, which is deposit­ed main­ly on the thighs and abdomen. Also, remem­ber that this high-calo­rie food con­tains no vit­a­mins, min­er­als, or fiber.

Sug­ar cre­ates a feel­ing of false hunger

The main rea­son for the feel­ing of false hunger is a sharp increase and decrease in blood glu­cose lev­els. Eat­ing sug­ar caus­es glu­cose and insulin lev­els to rise too quick­ly, caus­ing a false sense of hunger and pro­mot­ing overeat­ing.

Sug­ar weak­ens the bones

To assim­i­late refined sug­ar, the body has to spend a large amount of cal­ci­um — this sub­stance is sim­ply washed out of the bone tis­sue, result­ing in their thin­ning, lead­ing to osteo­poro­sis. In addi­tion, sug­ar affects the con­di­tion of the teeth: it con­tributes to an increase in the lev­el of acid­i­ty, which is why path­o­gen­ic bac­te­ria that dam­age tooth enam­el active­ly mul­ti­ply in the oral cav­i­ty.

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Sug­ar accel­er­ates skin aging

Lovers of sweets run the risk of pre­ma­ture­ly earn­ing wrin­kles: sug­ar is stored in reserve in col­la­gen, a pro­tein that forms the basis of con­nec­tive tis­sue and makes the skin less firm and elas­tic.

Sug­ar is addic­tive

Recent stud­ies by sci­en­tists have proven that sug­ar is addic­tive. More­over, the result­ing changes in the human brain are very sim­i­lar to those that occur after tak­ing nico­tine, mor­phine or cocaine.

Of course, you can’t com­plete­ly aban­don sug­ar — it is nec­es­sary for the body to work. It is refined sug­ar, which is part of sweets, cakes, con­densed milk and jam, that should be exclud­ed from the diet. Sug­ar should be ingest­ed in the form of fruits, veg­eta­bles or hon­ey.

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