Refined sugar: 10 scientifically proven reasons to limit its consumption

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Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, it is better to stay away from them as much as possible and try to limit their consumption. Science is increasingly investigating and confirming the negative health effects of common white sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugar would be as addictive as a drug. Better then to rely on natural foods and abandon packaged products and drinks that hide large quantities of sugar as much as possible. Here are some of the main scientific reasons for trying to do without refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.



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Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, it is better to stay away from them as much as possible and try to limit their consumption. Science is investigating and confirming more and more often adverse health effects of the municipality white sugar e of the artificial sweeteners. Sugar would be as addictive as a drug.

Better then to rely on natural foods and abandon packaged products and drinks that hide large quantities of sugar as much as possible. Here are some of the main scientific reasons for try to do without of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

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Sugar impairs memory

Too much sugar and binges of sweets damage memory. A group of Australian researchers at the University of South Wales Medical Science in Sydney have speculated that consuming large amounts of sugar in a short amount of time can cause permanent damage to our memory. The study in question was published in the scientific journal Brain Behavior and Immunity.

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Sugar is as toxic and harmful as smoking and alcohol

Sugar is caloric, increases blood pressure, changes metabolism and creates liver problems. It is precisely the same damage caused by smoking and alcohol. Experts from the University of San Francisco have pointed out that the damage caused by sugar is very similar to that of alcoholism. Sugar is a major contributor to the 35 million deaths a year from diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.

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Sugar is a heart killer food

Sugar it hurts the heartso much so that consuming too many sweets and sugary drinks can triple the risk of dying from heart disease. This is confirmed by the American scholars of the Centers for disease control and prevention in Atlanta. In the dock we find above all sucrose, that is, white, refined sugar. According to American experts, this is the ingredient that we should eliminate from our diet.

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Sugar is the enemy of pressure like salt

Sugar is the enemy of blood pressure like or maybe more than salt. Experts are in fact investigating the connection between the consumption of sugary foods and drinks and the onset of high blood pressure. Is it better to cut sugar, rather than salt, in case of high blood pressure? The researchers behind the new study think so. Probably a healthier diet in general, based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, would even help prevent hypertension, precisely because it is low in refined ingredients such as sugar.

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Methylglyoxal, the sugar that damages cholesterol

Methylglyoxal, a sugar present for example in Manuka honey, but which can also be formed in our body from glucose, would be able to transform HDL cholesterol (known as good cholesterol) and make it ineffective against LDL cholesterol (bad). According to the researchers, the high levels of methylglyoxal in the blood destabilize HDL cholesterol making it lose its "protective" characteristics and consequently making LDL cholesterol more dangerous.


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Refined sugar shortens life

Sugar shortens life. It is not only the enemy of the line, but also of longevity. According to the calculations of the biologist Cynthia Kenyon and the team of researchers at the University of San Francisco who recently worked on verifying the relationship between sugar consumption and longevity, the onerous pledge to pay for a little more sweetness would correspond to the 20% less life expectancy. Here is a reason not to be underestimated to limit the consumption of refined sugar.

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White sugar and artificial sweeteners are equally harmful

Not only the classic white sugar, but also i artificial sweeteners they can be harmful to health and raise blood sugar. Using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose is not a good solution to avoid blood sugar problems and overweight. According to experts, artificial sweeteners alter normal metabolism, raise blood sugar and in some cases, according to the experiments carried out, lead to the development of a condition of pre-diabetes.

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Sugar is addictive

Sugar, the more you eat, the more addicting it is. For many, sugar can become almost like a drug and generate bad habits. The negative effects are immediately under our eyes: tooth decay, diabetes, weight gain, increase in blood glucose values. A study conducted by the Oregon Research Institute and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that sugar is a push to abandon ourselves to the uncontrolled craving for food much more than the much demonized fats are.

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Sugar causes obesity and diabetes

We all should reduce sugar consumption by at least 30%. Experts are now certain of the fundamental role that sugar plays in the emergence of serious diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Sugar is a substance that is hidden in many foods and drinks, especially preferred by those who follow a diet based on packaged foods. Doctors have recently sounded a real alarm in comparing sugar to tobacco. To prevent diabetes and obesity, we try to limit the consumption of refined sugar a lot.

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Aspartame and its harmful neurobehavioral effects

Is Aspartame Safe or Harmful? Those who want to avoid the classic white sugar for diet or health reasons often go in search of alternatives and among the artificial sweeteners on the market we find theAspartame. Both the FDA and EFSA consider aspartame safe, but according to a recent study, too safe doses of aspartame cause neurobehavioral changes, including the ability to orient oneself on a spatial level. Better therefore, to safeguard health, gradually get used to the sweet taste and follow a much more natural diet, which increasingly abandon both refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

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