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99 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

In 1976, the sugar industry discovered it was cheaper to make sugar from corn than from beets or cane. Since then, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has replaced sucrose as a sweetener in most soft drinks, baked goods, and processed foods. Among other consequences, fructose has been implicated in heart disease, elevated blood cholesterol levels, and blood clotting. Worst of all, fructose causes the white blood cells of the immune system to become "sleepy" and unable to defend against harmful foreign invaders. So stay away from that packaged white crystal-like stuff that you see in health food and grocery stores, and any food that has fructose, dextrose, dextrin, corn syrup, or HFCS on its ingredient label. It's a killer.

from Contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., Author of the book "Lick The Sugar Habit"

  1. In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

  2. Sugar can suppress the immune system

  3. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body

  4. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

  5. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides

  6. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

  7. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose

  8. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins (HDL (good) cholesterol)

  9. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency

  10. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostrate, and rectum

  11. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose (diabetes)

  12. Sugar causes copper deficiency

  13. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium

  14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine

  15. Sugar can cause reactive hypoglycemia

  16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract

  17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children

  18. Sugar can cause premature aging

  19. Sugar can cause tooth decay

  20. Sugar contributes to obesity

  21. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers

  22. Sugar can cause arthritis/degenerative joint disease

  23. Sugar can cause asthma

  24. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

  25. Sugar can cause gallstones and other gallbladder dysfunctions

  26. Sugar can cause heart disease

  27. Sugar can cause appendicitis

  28. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis

  29. Sugar can cause varicose veins

  30. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users

  31. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease

  32. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis

  33. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity

  34. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity

  35. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood

  36. Sugar can decrease growth hormone

  37. Sugar can increase triglycerides & cholesterol

  38. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure

  39. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

  40. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs which are sugar bound to protein)

  41. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

  42. Sugar causes food allergies

  43. Sugar can contribute to diabetes

  44. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy

  45. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

  46. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

  47. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen

  48. Sugar can cause cataracts

  49. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis

  50. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL)

  51. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body

  52. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function

  53. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease

  54. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide

  55. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat (fatty, sluggish, or congested liver)

  56. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney

  57. Sugar can damage the pancreas

  58. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention

  59. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries

  60. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle

  61. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine

  62. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women

  63. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders

  64. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves

  65. Sugar can cause depression

  66. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer

  67. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion)

  68. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout

  69. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

  70. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness

  71. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive

  72. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli

  73. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress

  74. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer

  75. Sugar feeds cancer

  76. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant

  77. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents

  78. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men

  79. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more dificult

  80. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer

  81. Sugar is an addictive substance

  82. Sugar can exacerbate PMS

  83. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce

  84. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability

  85. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch

  86. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects

  87. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  88. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition

  89. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function

  90. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases

  91. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancerSugar increases the risk of polio

  92. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizuresSugar causes high blood pressure in obese people In Intensive Care Units: Limiting sugar saves lives

  93. Sugar may induce cell death

  94. Sugar may impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in living organisms 119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior

  95. Sugar can cause gastric cancer

  96. Sugar dehydrates newborns

  97. Sugar can cause gum disease

  98. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men

  99. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies


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