Some time sugar turned to be sweet poison. From candies to doughnuts, fruit juices to breakfast cereals, sugar has made its permanent place all around us. But this apparently harmless substance actually poses to be one of the most disturbing element we intake willfully.
Admit it or not, we all have a sweet tooth that asks for more of it. But this is not ago since it became such a vital part of our diet.
Though sugar was invented quite early spread throughout Asia (thought to be early 510 BC), Middle-East (642 AD) and reached Europe (11th century AD) but it was considered to be luxury due to its price. It is recorded, for instance, that sugar was available in London at “two shillings a pound” in 1319 AD, which is more like 100 US$ per kilogram at today’s comparison.
So? How people made desserts those days? Actually sweet as a delicacy, was nearly non-existent back then. People used to depend on more direct sources like fruits, sweet veggies etc.
Along with European industrial revolution, many things started to change. People’s lifestyle, workability, purchasing power were most significant of them.
Financial competition, busy lifestyle all led to a new diet habit which required more calories in minimum time-span. And now common people could afford a bit of luxury too.
So along with many other industries came up the sugar industry to meet the market demands. And it quickly found its way to everyone’s diet.
And with its inborn popularity, food industry found their sales angel in the form of sugar. Now a days most of the packaged foods come packed with it, taking the advantage of our sweet cravings.
Some experts consider sugar to be as addictive as any other synthetic drugs. Did you know that Sugar is equally harmful as Alcohol?
A Research by Professor Robert H. Lustig, an American pediatric endocrinologist revealed the shocking fact in 2009 in one of his lectures named “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”.
The sweet devil overloads and damages your liver. All the fructose we eat gets shuttled to your liver. This severely taxes and overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage.
It tricks your body into gaining weight and affects your insulin and leptin signalling. Fructose fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system, which leads to over-eating or eating way more than your body actually needs.
Sugar causes metabolic dysfunction. Eating too much of it causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood-sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
It increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. In fact, the connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, and uric acid is now so clear that uric acid level can now be used as a marker for fructose toxicity.
Sugar increases your health risks to a great extent. Dieses caused by excessive alcohol consumption can also be caused by sugar, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Liver metabolizes alcohol the same way as sugar, as both serve as substrates for converting dietary carbohydrate into fat. This promotes insulin resistance, fatty liver, and dyslipidemia (abnormal fat levels in your blood) etc.
Fructose undergoes the Maillard reaction with proteins. This causes superoxide free radicals to form, resulting in inflammation – a condition that can be also caused by acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol.
Fructose can directly and indirectly stimulate the brain’s “hedonic pathway,” creating habituation and dependence, the same way that ethanol does.
Type 2 diabetes, Hypertension, Lipid problems, Heart disease, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Dementia can also be effects of over-consumption of the devil.
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