New research finds that sugar is toxic to our health. It is toxic not just because of weight gain. Sugar is a threat to our health due to metabolic syndrome.
Our bodies are not made to ingest a lot of sugar. When we do our body reacts negatively by increasing blood pressure, producing higher levels of unhealthy cholesterol and building tummy fat. Memorize that last sentence. We need to repeat to ourselves every time we reach for a soda or walk into a fast food restaurant. Doing so might be the most important step we can take to achieve sustained weight loss plus protect our health!
Sugar and metabolic syndrome
Medical research now shows that our bodies are not designed to handle large quantities of ingested sugar. Ingesting sugar can lead to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is not an illness but a set of human health risks. These health risks include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat. These risk factors DOUBLE your risk of heart disease. They increase your risk of having diabetes by FIVE TIMES!
This research repositions the question of sugar intake and explains why decades of eating manufactured food and sodas is now impacting our national health. Over the decades the food and beverage industry has dramatically increased our consumption of sugar through “added sugar.” Added sugar is the practice by food and soda companies of adding even more sugar beyond the natural sugar in the food or fluid. The health risk is not just increased calories. The risk is the actual added sugar.
How much sugar is too much sugar?
How much sugar is too much? The answer is not much. The average American ingests about 22 table spoons of sugar per day. The World Health Organization suggests an average SIX table spoons of sugar per day. We are ingesting almost FOUR times the recommended amounts of a substance that is toxic to our bodies! In fact, one twelve ounce can of soda has TEN tablespoons of sugar. That is ten tablespoons of a substance that is so toxic to our bodies that it raises our risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol and abdominal fat. It is a major reason our society has increasing incidents of heart disease and diabetes.
Added sugar (think soda) makes you fat!
Soda creates tummy fat not just because of the calories. The whole idea of all calories are equal is false when it comes to sugar. That is because our body processes sugar in a way that adds tummy fat.
When our body processes sugar it cues the liver to release insulin. Insulin stimulates the release of leptin also know as the hunger hormone because it tells our brain to eat…as in eat more! Now you know why fast food restaurants gleefully allow free soda refills. The more you drink sodas the more your body releases leptin that tells your brain to super size that food order.
This is why in my book The Boomer Generation Diet avoiding sodas, or going inside a fast food restaurant, is a top best practice for sustained weight loss. Repeat the following the next time you are about to open a can of soda:
POP, FIZZ, DRINK…FAT!
This is just chemistry. The chemicals used to make soda make us fat. When we avoid these chemicals we lose weight. When we consume their chemicals it makes us fat. It is not you. It is us. That is how our bodies react to ingesting too much sugar.
About the author
Bill Roth is the author of The Boomer Generation Diet, now on sale at Amazon! Here’s what Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief of Triple Pundit says about the book: ”Written in Bill Roth’s lovable, relatable tone. The Boomer Generation Diet is a must-read for any Boomer who is looking to jumpstart their health and have fun at the same time. I hope my parents read it!” Follow Bill on Twitter and Facebook.