Sweet dishes signifies happiness, celebration and joy. But do you know, the basic element of these dishes is self a ‘sweet-poison’! Yes, we are talking about Sugar. Today we will be giving you some of the important details of Sugar and how it can affect you in an adverse way.
First let us know, how actually refined sugar is prepared which gives it the title of ‘sweet poison’.
How Sugar is prepared?
Raw sugar is made by extracting the cane juice, as a fact it is totally pure. But when sugar is processed with the refined way it becomes a potent poison. It is treated with several chemicals and allergenic processes which snatches all the nutrients from it and leaves just the simple crystals of poison.
Facts about Sugar:
- Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients.
- There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar.
- When people eat up to 10-20% of calories as sugar (or more), this can become a major problem and contribute to nutrient deficiencies.
- Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Now, we shall be discussing how refined sugar van be bad for your health. We will be discussing 10 ways by which sugar degrades your body.
5 reasons how sugar can be sweet poison for you:
1. Result in tooth decay-
Sugary products are one of the common causes of tooth decay. Plaque bacteria, which is naturally present in your mouth, reacts to the sugars you consume by producing acids. The acids destroy the protective enamel on your teeth, which leads to cavities and decay. The more sugar you consume, the more likely dental decay becomes.
2. Unhealthy weight gain-
One teaspoon of sugar contains 15 calories, which can add hundreds of extra calories to your daily caloric intake. Those who intake sugar or higher amount of sugary foods suffer from unhealthy weight gain which can be really bad for future references.
3. Increases the risk of Diabetes-
Well, diabetes can be there due to numerous reasons but excessive intake of sugary products is very common among all. Sugar deactivates the fluent working of pancreas and thus inhibits the normal production of insulin which automatically leads to raised blood sugar.
4. Can lead to Obesity–
Foods which contain sugar also contain rich calories and high fat content. These factors can contribute to weight gain. This leads to obesity. Sugar is generally associated with weight gain and obesity.
5. Skin problems-
Sugar and sugary products actually are the major causes of skin problems. Acne, pimples and other seasonal skin flu’s are activated with the over-intake of sugar in their diet.
What can we do an an alternative?
As an alternative of sugar, you can better use jaggery. Jagger also called ‘gur’ is a rich source of iron and is very healthy. Pure honey, maple syrup and other natural sweeteners too are the good choice.
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She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.