Tuesday, 25 March 2014

9 Things You Need To Know About SUGAR

If you thought you knew all there is to know about sugar, think again. Know better so that we all can live better.

Adolescent obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years and childhood obesity rates have doubled. One factor that seems to inflict obese children is fat accumulation in the trunk area of the body. Why? One cause may be the increase in fructose-laden beverages. A 2010 study in children found that excess fructose intake (but not glucose intake) actually caused visceral fat cells to mature.


Evidence shows that fructose and glucose in excess can have a toxic effect on the liver, as the metabolism of ethanol — the alcohol contained in alcoholic beverages — had similarities to the metabolic pathways that fructose took. Further, sugar increased the risk for several of the same chronic conditions that alcohol was responsible for.

A 2009 study found a positive relationship between glucose consumption and the aging of our cells. A 2012 study found that excess sugar consumption was linked to deficiencies in memory and overall cognitive health.

While many people strive to avoid the “normal” sugary culprits (candy, cookies, cake, etc.), they often are duped when they discover some of their favourite foods also contain lots of sugar. Examples include tomato sauce, fat-free dressing, tonic water, marinades, crackers and even bread.

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