The Negative Effects Of Added Sugar

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The average American eats 156 pounds of added sugar each year. Sugar is delicious and once we have it, our body constantly wants more. Added sugar has become an American epidemic. “Eighty percent, or 480,000 of the 600,000 food products sold within the U.S. have added sugar, which, according to researchers and medical doctors, is why we have the world 's highest obesity rate is at 31 percent,” (Fed Up). The addictive quality of added sugar makes our brains want more of it constantly; however, our bodies are being negatively affected by its consumption in many ways. Added sugar comes from sugar beets and sugar cane and can be broken down into two parts: glucose and fructose. Glucose seeps through the walls of your small intestine causing …show more content…

Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition explains that “there are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins, or minerals in sugar…just pure energy.” This is why people call them “empty calories.” Added sugars can also cause tooth decay. Kris Gunnars says “it provides easily digestible energy for the bad bacteria in the mouth.” Our teeth begin to break down, rot, lose strength, and turn yellow. According the American Dental Association, when the normal bacteria inside your mouth come into contact with sugar, it produces acid that destroys enamel and results in tooth decay. People always hear dentists nagging them to limit their consumption of soda, cookies, donuts, and other sugar-filled snacks, but they really are of over exaggerating, added sugars really do have a history of causing tooth decay. Added sugars are also known to cause vitamin and mineral depletion. Added sugars use up our body’s stored B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium for digestion, while natural sugars are present in food that already contain these needed nutrients. By consuming these added sugars, these vitamins deplete and our nervous system suffers. According to Ann Marina of Livestrong, vitamin and mineral depletion may cause “… fatigue, depression, anxiety and lack of energy. Lack of calcium and magnesium may contribute to arthritis and osteoporosis.” Since added sugars are addictive, it may be hard to avoid tooth decay and vitamin and mineral depletion …show more content…

Up to 40 percent of normal weight people have the same metabolic dysfunction as those who are obese. So, 51 percent of the U.S. population is sick with metabolic dysfunction,” (Fed Up). Obesity has become an epidemic in America over the past thirty years. This is largely due to over consumption of foods with added sugars. Sugary foods contain a large amount of calories in a small amount of food. People overload on calories before we even feel full. Ann Marina of Livestrong explains, “Refined sugar is composed of simple carbohydrates, which are converted into glucose for energy. Any unused glucose is stored as fat cells in your body.” Added sugar has an addictive quality, making it easy to eat a lot at once. Income also has a lot to do with sugar intake and obesity. With the recession and many people experiencing money troubles, people often settle for the cheapest foods to feed their families. The cheapest foods happen to be fast foods and foods containing added sugars. The obesity epidemic is a sad truth in America today, but people are becoming more conscious of what they are putting into their bodies when they gain knowledge about the effects of sugar. With the consumption of added sugars, our bodies develop insulin resistance, which is the leading cause of metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Dr. David Reuben, author of "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Nutrition",

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