Most adults and kids eat much more sugar than recommended. This sugar intake does not even include natural sugars found in products such as fruit and milk. Added sugar drives your insulin levels up, messes with your metabolism, and causes those calories to turn right into belly fat. The diet’s advocates rightly note that excessive sugar consumption may lead to obesity and therefore increase the risk of type two diabetes. Research also suggests that eating less sugar can help lower blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.
Food and drinks high in sugar tend to be higher in calories without the nutritional benefits that fill you up and give your body fuel it can use. Sugary foods can also make you hungrier more quickly, due to the changes in blood glucose, so if you’re snacking on chocolate you’re likely to end up eating more throughout the day overall.
One of the main consequences of excessive added sugar intake, is a major risk factor for high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and arteries and can cause damage over time to the whole circulatory system.
People with higher added sugar intakes had a notable increase in risk of heart attacks compared to those with lower intakes. High levels of triglycerides increase your risk of developing heart diseases and stroke, so reducing your sugar intake may help protect your from cardiovascular problems later in life.
The naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth thrives on sugar. Consuming too much sugar is a surefire way to develop cavities and gum disease, so you’ll be seeing your dentist less frequently if you cut the sweet stuff out.
Most people could probably eat a little less sugar, a little less often, but you don’t have to quit it for good to be healthy. It may help to start by eliminating the most obvious sources of sugar. Baked goods, such as cakes, muffins, and brownies, can easily be avoided. Eliminating candy and sugary beverages is an excellent place to start.