Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, has been educating people about the health hazards of sugar fructose for several years now.
Dr. Robert, says the consumption of excessive sugar is linked to the high cases of chronic diseases. He further wrote a comprehensive book about the topic, which discusses how processed food, obesity, and sugar affects our chances of a disease diagnosis.
The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s study proved that too much of consuming sugar had increased United States healthcare expenses by as much as 40 percent in 2013.
Sugar Eaten for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
One of the major problems with processed food is that it is difficult for people to know the quantity of sugar added because manufacturers use words that are hard for the common person to understand. Dr. Lustig said it’s crucial to differentiate between natural food-based sugars and added sugars. Become more educated so you can reduce your sugar intake during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
OVERLOAD: Your Body needs Only a Limited Amount of Sugar
The main problem with sugar, and processed fructose, in particular, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it. Dr. Lustig recommended six teaspoons of added sugar while an average American takes up to 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. This excess sugar is metabolized into body fat, which can result in chronic health diseases so many are struggling with today. To name a few:
According to a study published in The Telegraph, it shows people who consumed 21 percent or above their daily calories in the form of sugar have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who had 7 percent and below each day.
If you noticed that you have developed insulin or leptin resistance linked to diabetes, overweight, taking a statin drug, and having high blood pressure, then you need to be careful and reduce your total fructose consumption to as little as 15 grams daily, until the body’s insulin and leptin levels have normalized.
New Study: Sugar Links to Cancer Growth
Dr. Garcia Jimenez’s term was spent studying in the laboratory researching how cells in the intestine respond to sugars, which sends a signal to the pancreas to release insulin, the primary hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Sugars in the intestine send signal cells to release a hormone known as GIP, which improves insulin release by the pancreas.
Dr. Garcia Jimenez’s team proved in a study published in Molecular Cell, that stated for intestinal cells to secrete GIP, it is controlled by a protein called β-catenin. All the activity of β-catenin depends on sugar levels. Then increased activity of β-catenin is known to be one of the factors in the development of various cancer types.
Dr. Custodia García further said, “We were surprised to realize that changes in our metabolism caused by dietary sugar impacted the cancer risk. We are now investigating what other dietary components may influence our cancer risk. Changing diet is one of easiest prevention strategies that can potentially save a lot of suffering and money.”
How To Reduce Your Sugar Intake:
- Decrease the quantity of sugar in your diet
- Avoid processed foods
- Substitute with stevia and other natural spices instead of refined sugar when cooking
- Eat more organic fruits – focus on berries, as they are lower on the glycemic index
- Avoid both sugary and diet soft drinks
- Avoid commercially sold energy drinks
- Avoid sweet tea and boxed juices
Watch and learn from Nutritionist JJ Virgin as she further discusses the issues sugar causes when it enters the body. Find out what the body has to do to deal with it and what kind of chain reaction it causes here:
Reader – How do you avoid from consuming too much sugar? Share your healthy practices!