Mmm, sugar, so yummy…
Dr. David Katz, the director at the Yale Prevention Research Center writes of the negative effects of sugar in our lives in his article “Medicine, Museums, and Spoons Full of Sugar.” It’s a fact: kids and adults are eating way too much sugar, and this excess is known to contribute to the obesity epidemic. Obesity itself causes other complications like diabetes and other diseases.
We’ve always known that having too much sugar is a bad thing, but how does it all add up? Soda like Coke, Sprite and Fanta are regarded by some public health experts as “liquid candy.” Soda adds tons of calories and sugar to a typical diet. So there you have it: soda is one of the many guilty culprits in the add up of sugar.
That’s only part of the problem–most of the excess sugar actually comes from foods. “A how much is too much? According to Dr. Andrew Weil, everyone has a different response to sugar. For some it triggers modd swings, brings on a sugar rush followed by a crash, and for some, there are no noticeable effects. Sugar tends to drive obesity, high blood pressure, and Type II diabetes in people who are genetically programmed to develop insulin resistance.
How does too much sugar lead to obesity? According to Dr. Robert Lustig, sugar causes more insulin resistance in the liver than does other foods. The pancreas then has to release more insulin to satisfy the liver’s needs. High insulin levels obstruct the brain from receiving signals form leptin, a hormone secreted by fat cells.