We’ve all heard it before – sugar is bad for you. Like, really, really bad for you.
Don’t believe us?
Keep reading to see what really happens to your brain and body when sugar hits your bloodstream (hint: it’s not very good).
Sugar is extremely addictive
Sugar is a form of energy. Because of this, your brain is hardwired to love it. When you eat food, a chemical called Dopamine is released in your brain. Dopamine functions as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter, and plays several important roles in the brain and body. When this dopamine is released, it typically causes you to feel happy! With certain foods such as sugar, dopamine levels tend to soar more than usual. It’s crazy, but the brain actually reacts similarly to the way it reacts to cocaine in your bloodstream – the more you eat, the more you need to satisfy that “high”/”rush”.
Per Neurologist David Perlmutter, “Consumption of sugar stimulates specific areas of the brain that are linked to addiction. These areas are the same ones that light up on brain imaging studies when subjects are given cocaine.”
Sugar screws with your metabolism
When sugar hits your bloodstream on a constant basis, even if you’re not overweight, the results can be severe. Sugar will cause your blood pressure to increase, your blood fats to go up and also your pancreas (organ in abdomen that converts food to fuel) to have to go into overdrive . If these things are constantly taking place inside your body from the sugar you are intaking, it is common for many to develop a metabolic syndrome that can eventually lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Sugar is high in calories and low in nutrients
Sugar is practically just pure calories. It is completely lacking of any other essential nutrients at all. This includes things like fiber, vitamins and
Sugar ruins your teeth
Want to hear something gross? The bacteria in your mouth love sugar—particularly sucrose, which comes from everyday granulated/table top sugar. The bacteria feed on the sugar, and when the do they produce an acid that eventually creates holes in your teeth as well as cavities.
Sugar stresses you out & can contribute to depression
Fast, easily digested carbs like sugar tend to cause powerful spikes in your blood sugar levels. This can send you on a wild ride of energy highs and lows throughout your day. The highs – also known as a ‘sugar rush’ can give you a quick energy burst, but this also means that your pancreas is working extra hard just to product more insulin to attempt to lower the blood sugar levels once again. The lows that follow the high can be drastic, and often leave you feeling grumpy and hungry.
One of the primary causes of depression is the hormone serotonin (or, more specifically, the lack thereof). Sugar messes with the body’s ability to produce serotonin, which can lead to depression.
Sugar can cause inflammation
Too much sugar can lead to diabetes and heart disease. This is ultimately caused by the overindulgence of sugar, and other high glycemic index foods. When too much of these foods are eaten, a substance called AGEs are produced in your blood. AGEs are potent pro-oxidant chemicals (the opposite of a healthy antioxidant) and cause inflammation inside the body. If left for too long, chronic inflammation can lead to diabetes and heart disease.