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The Effects of Simple Sugars on Your Overall Health

By Lynn Burchard

Let's talk about sugar. There has been a lot of talk, studies and literature about sugar in the last 20 to 30 years. What is known is that sugar slows down the immune system considerably. Let me explain. Sugar raises your insulin level which inhibits the release of growth hormones and then depresses your immune system. Insulin promotes the storage of fat so when you eat sweets high in sugar content, you are risking rapid weight gain. With elevated insulin and triglyceride levels, you are also increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The effects of simple sugars on your overall health increase as your consumption increases.

The root of diseases whether it is the common cold, cardiovascular disease, cancer or osteoporosis is always going to be at the cellular and molecular level. And more often than not, insulin is going to play a very big role in creating that disease. Sugar consumption has become such a problem in today's society that it is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative diseases. There are 4 classes of simple sugars which are harmful to your overall health if consumed excessively and over a prolonged period of time. They are:

  1. Sucrose
  2. Fructose
  3. Honey
  4. Malts

Let me start off by explaining the term sucrose. Sucrose is a highly refined sugar that is normally known as table sugar. Sucrose can also be found in sugar cane, sugar beets and maple syrup. Table sugar is a carbohydrate which contains calories and affects your blood glucose level and daily calorie intake. Table sugar or sucrose breaks down into 50% glucose and 50% fructose in your body. Your body metabolizes glucose and fructose differently and can only handle very limited amounts of fructose at one time. Glucose is metabolized in the cells of your body for energy and fructose is metabolized almost entirely in your liver. An example of fructose is corn syrup or fruit sugar which comes from dried fruit and vegetables. Honey is a natural sweetener and is considered a refined sugar. Honey decays your teeth faster than table sugar and has the highest calorie content of all the sugars, 65 calories/tablespoon compared to 48 calories/tablespoon for table sugar. Malts are known as maltose or malt sugar. It is a crystalline sugar formed from starch and is found in malt grains and fruit. Now that you know a little more about simple sugars and its effect on your overall health, you have to decide what you want to do regarding your consumption of these different types of sugars. My only advise is to limit your intake all together especially of fructose and fructose based products. A good rule of thumb to follow is "everything in moderation."

Lynn Burchard is a Wellness Consultant recognized for her dedication and expertise in the field of nutrition, lifestyle and health. She lives with her husband and 4 children in Ontario, Canada and dedicates a large percentage of her time making sure her family stays healthy. She is continuously studying and learning through education, all aspects of nutrition, lifestyle and health that affect day to day living. Her passion is helping others take better care of themselves by providing useful information to those individuals who have been misinformed and bombarded by all sorts of health claims. She has recently written a Free Report entitled "The Health-Wise Report". Head on over to http://www.nutritionlifestylehealth.com and grab your copy today!

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