The new bad guy in town is… sugar. In all honesty, he’s been the bad guy all along, but research is now showing concrete proof that many illnesses and ailments we suffer from are due to excess sugar intake.
- Sugar lowers your immune system, which means if you’re consuming candy bars throughout the day, or drinking several sodas, your immune system functions suppressed for several hours of the day, and your immune system may be perpetually operating at a distinct disadvantage.
- Sugar raises your insulin. As soon as sugar hits your bloodstream, your blood sugar levels go extremely high. As a response, your pancreas will release a bunch of insulin to help decrease the amount of sugar from your blood into your cells. But when you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin, and over time, it takes more and more insulin to get the job done. Eventually, your pancreas gets overworked and you become an insulin dependent diabetic. On top of this all, high insulin accelerates cells aging process.
Now here are some fast facts on sugar consumption:
- The average American consumes 3 lbs of sugar a week, 130 lbs of sugar a year, or 3500 lbs of sugar in their lifetime.
- The American Heart Association recommends 9.5 teaspoons of sugar a day; the average American eats 22 teaspoons a day and the average child eats 32 teaspoons a day.