I recently came across this article in the Reader’s Digest that links sugar to heart disease (hypertension, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol—LDL the bad stuff), dementia and cancer. That’s already 3 ways sugar makes you sick.
Apart from that what struck me were the numerous ways it sneaks into your diet, even when you are consciously trying to go healthy. Look at these 5 foods I always considered safe: health drinks, trail mix, salad dressing, flavored oatmeal/muesli, yoghurt. All loaded with sugar. Imagine that!
Interestingly, even when the label on your fruit juice says ‘No Sugar Added’, juice with fruit fibre removed and sugar albeit natural, left in, is just that. Sugar: with its bunch of empty calories.
To fool you further into thinking there’s no sugar in their products manufacturers use these innovative names to hide sugar, in plain sight: amazake, carob powder, corn syrup, dextrose, dextrin/malodextrin, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, evaporated cane juice (hah! that’s a pseudonym for sugar if I ever saw one!), fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maltose.
This leads me to ask whether you look at the label of the food you are consuming? Hope so! Because even seemingly salty snacks conceal sugar, which like a worm in the bud feeds on your damask cheek (due apologies to Shakespeare!).
(If you’re keeping track, we’ve covered 11 ways till here.)
What else? Sugar makes you sad, increasing the risk of depression. As if the world outside was not enough to stress you out! It also causes insomnia, ages and destroys your skin, ruins your teeth and makes your gums bleed (that’s 5 in this para.)
The good news is that sugar doesn’t really make your children hyper as you had supposed, but sadly, it does lead to obesity and the 3 diseases we mentioned in para 1.
No point in investigating the merits of aspartame, sucralose or saccharine. Evidence is mounting against them, and they are increasingly being associated with weight gain and glucose intolerance. The very 2 things you want to avoid by using them.
And if that drives you to drink, don’t bother. Sugar is as bad for your liver as alcohol is. It’s also extremely addictive.
Talking about drinks, though India’s consumption of the fizzy stuff is nauseatingly high, there has been a recent shift to health and energy drinks. Before you start congratulating yourself, know that they too are pretty much loaded with sugar, and a couple of spoonfuls less does not really contribute much to your health.
Thus, India fueled on by sugar, races ahead of the average global consumption, scarfing down a whopping 25.1 kgs of sugar annually.
And that rounds up our tally of the 21 ways that sugar makes you sick.
If you still want to read the original article, it’s here: https://www.readersdigest.ca/health/healthy-living/sugar-risks-health/