The Harmful Effects of Sugar On The Body And Reasons To Stop Drinking Soft Drinks
Introduction To The Topic Of Refined Sugar
You’re probably wondering why I’m going to write about sugar today. First of all, I used to work in the healthcare industry where every day I was exposed to health and medical terms. I also have a father that has ruined his health due to eating a high amount of sugar and fat. And the average American consumes so much sugar every year that it is really staggering. This Hub will also focus on the reasons to cut out or stop drinking soft drinks. Did you know that one 12 ounce can of Coca Cola contains thirteen teaspoons of sugar? Yes you heard me when I said thirteen teaspoons. And that is just in one soft drink can! To add to this, it seems that the average American is really fascinated with white refined sugar. In fact, even the bread sold in our grocery stores has high fructose corn syrup. Are you alarmed and shocked yet? If not, then keep reading.
Sugar Leads To Weight Gain
The fact is that if you drink large amounts of soft drinks, you will put on ton of weight and destroy your health also. Statistics show that the average American consumes over 600 sodas in a year! (Snyder, 2012). Think about this for a moment. 600 sodas in a year averages to 50 sodas per month. If you do the math that is the number you will end up with. On average in the United States, more than 150 pounds of sugar per person per year is consumed. White, refined sugar is considered to be the worst ingredient in the modern diet today. Sugar really is devoid of any major nutritional value and it can cause our teeth to get bad. I have been blessed with great teeth though.
A Chart Listing All The Diseases Caused By Too Much Sugar In The Diet
Sugar Raises The Risk Of Obesity And Feeds Cancer Cells
Another fact about the effects of sugar on the body is that if our liver is loaded with glycogen, this causes the liver to get overloaded and this forces the liver to turn that fructose into fat. And it is saturated fat that causes heart attacks, not the cholesterol as we are led to believe. But also, there are new studies that have emerged that seem to indicate that consuming large amounts of fructose has the ability to raise the levels of triglyceride in the body as well as raising the blood glucose and insulin levels. Fructose can also aid in raising obesity in the abdomen in as little as 10 weeks! And if that’s not scary enough, sugar consumption has been known to lead to development of cancer. Many scientists believe that very elevated levels of insulin has the ability to contribute to cancer. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and famous people such as Michael Landon and Steve Jobs have died from it. Sugar consumption can also lead to problems with your metabolism which can increase the risk of inflammation and this is another cause of cancer. There are many studies that prove that those who eat lots of refined sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer than those who don’t. In short, sugar is a cancer feeder. I wrote earlier about the dangers of unhealthy eatingand how unhealthy the average American diet is. Sugar, like fatty foods as you know by now is also very detrimental to our bodies.
The energy drink Red Bull has about 7 teaspoons of sugar. Orange juice has sugar also but that kind of sugar is usually natural sugar. And one Snickers chocolate bar has 14 teaspoons of sugar. And one cinnamon roll from Cinnabon has 14 teaspoons of sugar also in addition to all that saturated fat. It is no wonder why we have so many people in the US with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Sugar is known to be a cancer feeder. In other words, the more sugar that we eat, that sugar produces cancer cells which then invade and attack our bodies. Sugar also hardens the arteries and blood flow is reduced. This reduction in blood flow leads to heart attacks and strokes. It is time to focus on eating healthier food if you want to reduce your chances of having a lifetime of poor health.
Here Is A Creative Photo of Two Bowls Of White Sugar
What is The Alternative To A High Sugar Diet?
A diet high in fruits and green, leafy vegetables is the answer. I know that for some of you it may be hard to change your bad habits. But that change has to start with you. Would you rather have a life filled with lots of healthy and vibrant years? Or would you rather have a life filled with all kinds of health problems and visits to the doctor? If you are reading this then I know that this is not what you want. You want to live a life full of good health. But this path to good health starts with you. I can’t make you become healthy. You have to make the choice that you want to change your dietary habits and eat healthier.
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup
An article written by the Mayo Clinic states that high fructose corn syrup or corn sugar is the most common added sweetener in our processed foods and beverages. In addition to weight gain, the increased consumption of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup can cause problems such as cavities in your teeth, rise in the level of triglyceride levels, and overall poor nutrition. These poor health habits can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, a condition that is estimated to affect more than 80 million people in the US! In addition to this, the average American gets very little exercise; he or she has high blood pressure and in general has a very negative self-image the reasons which are beyond the scope of this article. But do you understand what I’m saying here? By putting all that refined sugar in your body, you are destroying it. You have only one body so take care of it while you are alive. Too much sugar is like poison for our bodies. We must replace white, refined sugar with foods such as vegetables, beans, fruits, lean meat and skinless chicken. I look forward to seeing you get on the path to better health and changing your diet by removing or seriously reducing your sugar consumption is one way to start this process. Good Luck!
Snyder, M. (2012, May 8). 24 Facts That Prove That America Is A Nation Of Slobs. Retrieved from End of The American Dream: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/24-facts-that-prove-that-america-is-a-nation-of-slobs
Sugar Can Also Affect The Quality Of Your Skin
Two Servings of Coca Cola in Different Amounts
Six major reasons to not drink soft drinks (introduction to this part)
Soft drinks have become a major part of the diets of many people especially in the United States where I live. Statistics on Nation Master say that the United States is the leading soft drink consuming nation on the planet. Many parents will feed their kids these sugar filled drinks from the time they are young. And this habit continues into adulthood. Soft drink consumption in America has become like a religion. Just like people watch the NFL football games it is almost as if people cannot live without soft drinks. I know that soft drinks taste really good. Have you noticed that many of the foods that taste really good are not good for our health? I admit that drinks like 7-UP, sierra mist and coca cola taste really good but they are not good for our bodies.
If you are interested in having good health, one of the strategies that you can use is to avoid drinking soft drinks altogether. And if you are wondering why you should take that step to avoid those sugar filled drinks here are 6 major reasons to try and avoid soft drinks but we will start with the first three reasons:
The first three reasons to not drink soft drinks
- First of all because soft drinks have sugar in them which can provide you with energy high for about 45 minutes to an hour but after that they offer little nutritional value. I watched a documentary back in middle school where the narrator said that soft drinks are like flavored sugar water. That’s very true. Soft drinks have sugar, carbonated water and artificial flavors.
- The average American consumes food and drinks that have little nutritional value and they are just empty calories. It really amazes me how so many people constantly fill their bodies with this sugar in order to become more alert and have a higher energy level. But what these people may not realize is that by drinking soft drinks, the high energy level they get will only be temporary. After that initial high level of energy, your blood sugar will drop and you will be fatigued again. And if you have diabetes, you especially should avoid soft drinks. Sugar for a diabetic is like kryptonite for Superman. The sugar will not be great for your body, let’s just say that. Gatorade is a better drink to consume because it has electrolytes that will replenish lost fluids.
- Soft drink consumption has been known to lead to tooth decay and the formation of cavities
As any dentist will tell you, soft drink consumption assists in the formation of plaque, a thin kind of film that gets on your teeth, causes your teeth to decay and in severe cases, you can end up getting cavities on your teeth. This will lead to the increases in dental expenses. You would then have to pay for the dentist to fix your teeth. If you don’t have dental insurance, you are most likely going to end up with a heavy price tag. So the idea here is to not drink those drinks in the first place. Sugar can destroy your tooth enamel and it will cause your teeth to rot and this is another reason why you should limit or avoid your soft drink consumption.
How Sugar Is Killing People
The other three reasons to avoid drinking soft drinks
4. Drinking soft drinks makes you more thirsty
A lot of people think that drinking soft drinks when they are thirsty quenches them of their thirst. If you have been exercising vigorously and you need to replenish fluids for example, do not drink soft drinks. Drink water instead because water will hydrate you while soft drinks will leave you fatigued and dehydrated. Having a hydrated body means that you will be able to concentrate and be more alert. I could drink more water too. Sometimes I’m so busy that I forget to drink water.
5. Increased sugar consumption leads to heart disease and cancer
Sugar is a cancer feeder meaning that it aids in the formation of cancer cells in the body. The sugar in the soft drinks has also been known to lead to heart disease. That’s one of the reasons why my father got a heart attack at the end of 2009. Give your heart and your body the pleasure and health that it needs to function properly by avoiding the soft drink habit. Drinking soft drinks like once per month is okay and won’t really harm you. It is the everyday drinking of soft drinks that will cause damage to your body.
6. Because there are many drinks that taste better and are healthier than the waste and sugar filled soft drinks
With so many healthier drinks in this world that are more refreshing and taste much better than those soft drinks, who needs soft drinks anyway? I can recommend for you other alternatives such as orange juice, pineapple juice, and even black tea.
Final thoughts on the topic
It is my hope that I can educate readers about the harmful effects of soft drinks on our bodies. Drinking soft drinks once in a while is not going to hurt your overall health and well-being but the regular consumption of soft drinks is what leads to so many health problems in people especially when they get older. We only have one human body so doesn’t it make sense to take proper care of it? Your health depends largely on how you take care of your body. Start today by eliminating soft drinks from your diet. If you have been raised in a family where soft drink consumption was the normal routine, it is going to be harder for you to break that habit. Fortunately, my mother never gave me soft drinks when I was younger. She knew about the harmful effects of those drinks and she is a smart woman. You are going to need to be the person that makes the decision to change your diet. It starts with you. Don’t make excuses and continue this habit. How much do you really want to change? I’m assuming that you do want to change your life. If one of your resolutions this year is to be healthier then find ways to change this soft drink habit. Good luck! Good health is the most important thing to have in our lives. Don't ever take your health for granted!