Sugar Damage

The effects of sugar – what you need to know

Sugar Damage from a high carbohydrate diet has very little focus on the healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables our bodies need to thrive and survive on.

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Sugar Damage – the Simple Math

On average Americans consume 115 pounds of sugar each year unbeknownst to us. The Standard American Diet (SAD) promotes a high carbohydrate diet with very little focus on the healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables our bodies need to thrive and survive on.

Simple math shows us:

1 teaspoon sugar = 15 calories

3,500 calories = 1 pound

3,500/15 = 233 calories

233/115 (lb) = 2

If a continued diet of high sugar consumption continues, you can expect to gain two pounds each year for the rest of your life.

Scary?It is.

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Sugar Damage – My Story

I know first hand the struggle of consuming too much sugar and the effect it has on our bodies (both mentally and physically), especially around the holidays.

I am anti-sugar all year, then sometime around the start of the holiday season all the talk of sugar is terrible goes right out the window. (I’m probably on Santas naughty list right now as we speak).

It dawned on me that I am not the only one who struggles with excessive sugar consumption around the holidays.

Do you ever find yourself reaching for just one cookie, brownie, or your favorite sugar-filled treat, only to go back for seconds, maybe even thirds?

*raises hand*

The damaging effects sugar has on your body

A constant high sugar diet produces a state of oxidation and inflammation that over time sets the tone for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, accelerated aging, and in some cases cancer. See below for more information or start your sugar detox here: 7-Day Sugar Shakedown Challenge

Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet.

Unstable blood sugar can leave you experiencing mood swings, fatigue, and headaches. It also contributes to cravings, which begins the cycle of false hunger.

Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

While we all like to indulge once in a while, foods that quickly affect blood sugar contribute to a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Sugar affects your immune system.

As if being sick wasn’t bad enough, studies have shown that sugar can interfere with the way your body fights disease.

Sugar accelerates aging.

While you probably know that sugars can affect your body composition, they can also mess with your skin by contributing to wrinkles and sagging.

Sugar causes tooth decay.

With all the other life-threatening effects of sugar, we sometimes forget the essential cosmetic damage it does. When it sits on your teeth, sugar causes decay more efficiently than any other food.

Sugar takes the place of essential nutrients.

According to USDA data, people who consume the most sugar have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamins A, C, B-12, and calcium.

Sugar is linked to acne.

Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which play a role in acne development.

Sugar increases your risk for diabetes.

Obesity, which is often caused by consuming too much sugar, is considered the most influential risk factor for diabetes.

Sugar increases your risk of depression

While a healthy diet can help improve your mood, a diet high in added sugar and processed foods may increase your chances of developing depression.

Sugar drains your energy

Products that are loaded with sugar but lacking in protein, fiber or fat lead to a brief energy boost that’s quickly followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar, often referred to as a crash


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Simple ways to cut back on sugar consumption

  • drink more water
  • use a natural sweetener (pure maple syrup or raw honey)
  • eat enough at mealtime
  • eat more healthy fats (coconut oil, lard, avocado)
  • always read labels
  • make your own meals

What are some ways you can cut back on sugar consumption?

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1. What are the most common types of sugar?

Sucrose is often called table sugar. Made up from glucose and fructose, it is extracted from sugar cane or sugar beet and also naturally present in most fruits and vegetables
Glucose and fructose are found in fruits, vegetables, and honey
Lactose is commonly called milk sugar because it is found in milk and dairy products

2. What’s the difference between naturally occurring sugar and added sugar?

Added sugars are those used in manufacturing or added by the consumer. Naturally occurring sugars are those found naturally in a product e.g. fruit or vegetables

3. Which sugar (natural or added) is better for me?

No kind of sugar is better or worse for you whether it’s naturally present in a food (e.g. a piece of fruit) or used during the manufacturing process. The body breaks down each sugar in exactly the same way. The key is consuming and maintaining a healthy Paleo diet.


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