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Some Effects of Sugar

Ever have sugar cravings? A term that most people wouldn’t associate with anything meaningful actually reveals one of the true dangers of sugar. Sugar has addictive properties that can be compared to nicotine or heroin, just with different degrees of addiction.

The effects of sugar on health occurs because sugar interacts with your brain causing it to release opioid, which give the body a feeling of pleasure. Research has determined that certain areas of the brain are activated when you have a sugar craving. These areas of the brain are also activated when a person has a crazing for drugs. This research gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘comfort food’.

Sugar withdrawals are also very similar to drug withdrawals. One will experience fatigue, lassitude, depression, moodiness, headaches, and aching limbs.

For most of us, our exposure to sugar occurs at a very young age. Breast milk from our mothers and baby formulas both contain sugar. Also many of the foods we typically eat on a daily basis contain certain amounts of sugar. Cereal is a good example of this.

Sugar has also been linked to violent behaviour, hypertension, and learning impediments. In 1991 Singapore banned sugary soft drink sales in schools and youth centers, citing the danger of sugar addiction to the mental and physical health of children. Some studies have also shown that removing sugar from the diets of prisoners reduced the amount of chronic violence in prisons.

Sugar Dampens the Immune System

Eating that cinnamon roll can do more to your body than add a few extra pounds. Another danger of sugar is the compromising of your immune system by destroying the germ-killing ability of white blood cells for up to five hours after ingestion. It also reduces the production of antibodies in your body.

It also interferes with the transport of Vitamin C and causes mineral imbalance, both of which weaken the immune system. It also reduces the efficiency of omega-3 fatty acid, making the cells more permeable and less capable of stopping invasion by allergens and microorganisms.

As you consume more sugar, your blood sugar level rises. This triggers your pancreas into producing insulin to help clean your cells of this excess sugar. As your blood sugar levels return to normal, so does the amount of insulin in your body. However, when you eat a lot of sugar it takes more and more insulin to normalize your blood sugar levels. This over time may cause the pancreas to stop responding to the sugar and halt insulin production all together. This is known as type 1 diabetes.

Insulin also has the side effect of suppressing the release of human growth hormone in the pituitary gland. Growth hormone is a primary regulator of the immune system. A lack of growth hormone will result in a compromised immune system.