It’s no secret that Americans love sugar. Over the past 25 years, the average annual consumption of sugar has increased almost 30 percent. And it’s a trend that doesn’t seem likely to slow down any time soon.
The reason behind the increase in sugar consumption lies in the addition of sugar into so many food products. It can be found in most fast food and pre-packaged food preparations in addition to a wide range of sweet treats. And while all of this sugar does add up to unwanted pounds on the scale, it is now linked to a range of devastating inflammation-based diseases ranging from cancer to heart and cardiovascular diseases and even digestive disorders.
THE REFINED-CARB CONNECTION
Sugar comes hidden under many different monikers: sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and more. The human body has the ability to break down some sugars, but is simply not designed to handle the level of sugar being presented to it on a daily basis. This is especially true of simple sugars that come in the form of simple carbohydrates found in most highly processed foods. The simpler the sugar, the faster it’s broken down and the bigger the impact it has on the body.
SUGAR AND INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is a natural body process that helps the body promote natural healing after an injury. The inflammation process begins when signals from an injured portion of the body sends out chemical signals to the brain. White blood cells are hurried to the site of the injury as blood flow increases and the body’s natural healing mechanisms go to work mending the injury.
However, when the presence of sugar in the body triggers the same effect day after day after day, the body begins to exhibit symptoms of chronic inflammation such as hardening of the blood vessels, high blood pressure, and much more. This is because the body isn’t designed to be in a constant state of healing.
FROM SUGAR COMES FAT
In the past, medical professionals believed that excess body fat came from consuming too much fat. However, recently that mindset has changed from fat to sugar. Sugar and other highly refined carbohydrates play a much larger role in weight gain than previously thought. Not only does the consumption of sugar provide the body with too many empty calories, it also causes significant changes to the body’s chemistry, which prevents it from being able to manage these sugars effectively over time.
The good news is that this trend is mostly reversible. By consuming less sugar, excess weight can be lost and harmful inflammation can be reduced.
Call Cynthia with NutriLife Wellness today at 561-425-2845 to find out more about how sugar can cause inflammation.