Death by Sugar
I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth. My kids trick or treating for Halloween is the first step in an all out attack on my sweet tooth for the holidays. My two sons came home with more pieces of candy than they should eat in an entire year. As a caring father, I felt like it was my responsibility to support them by eating at least half of their candy that first night. But seriously, Halloween leads right into thanksgiving pies, holiday parties, and all out free fall from a fairly low sugar diet to daily cravings of sweetness.
Why Sugar is Bad?
- Sugar suppresses our immune system. As fall kicks into winter, the last thing we want is to lower the effectiveness of our immune system, but that is exactly what sugar does. An increase of sugar in our blood stream from a soda, cookie, candy bar, name your sweet of choice, lowers our body’s ability to fight off attacking viruses. Now imagine if you have a couple sweets a day; coffee with sugar in the morning, soda with lunch, and a desert after dinner. You just spent the whole day with a weakened immune system.
- Sugar suppresses the body’s ability to regulate appetite, leaving us susceptible to over eating.
- Sugar is one of the leading causes for fat storage. Is it any surprise, that as the American diet has increased in sugar we have seen a consistent increase in body fat?
- Sugar can be high in calories and void of nutrients.
- Sugar can cause insulin resistance and play a role in potential diabetes.