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10 Reasons why Sugar is Bad for Your Health

You might love the taste of soda, candy and chocolate, but did you know that sugars are hiding HIV and triggering mental illnesses. Discover the dangerous word of sugar!

Most people know that sugar is not good for them, but for some reason, they think the risk of excess sugar consumption is less than that of having too much saturated and trans fat, sodium or calories. If you really knew what it was doing to your body, though, you might just put it at the top of your “foods to avoid” list. Here are ten things that may surprise you about sugar.

10Cancer production

Sugar in the intestine forms the hormone GIP, which increase insulin. B-catenin, a protein reliant on sugar levels that controls GIP, heightens cells´ susceptibility to cancer.

09Obesity

Excess fructose in sugar causes visceral fat cells to mature, leading to weight gain. It can also create a resistance to leptin, the hormone that tells us we´ve eaten enough.

08Surprising sugar

Half a can of Coke surpasses our daily sugar allowance by 10g. On average U.S. citizens each drink 125.7 servings a year-that´s 1.7m tons of sugar in total.

07Diabetes

More than 347 million people have diabetes; 3.4 million due to a high sugar diet. The urine in diabetic is so rich in sugar it can be turned into whisky.

06Genetic sugar addiction

Those who had genetic changes in the hormone ghrelin consumed more sugar. Ghrelin affects whether you seek a reward through the sweet tooth.

05Anti-sugar

L-Glucose shares a molecular structure and tastes identical to sugar but has no calories. 50% more expensive than gold, it can only made in the lab and has a laxative effect.

04Memory Loss

Glucose in sugar accelerates the aging process of our cells. A 2009 study on rats found that excess sugar dulls emotional arousal, resulting in memory impairment.

03Sugar is More Addictive than Drugs

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin-similarly stimulating the brain. 2013 studies showed that eating Oreos triggers a rat's brain's pleasure center more than injected coke.

02Mental Illness

Excessive sugar is linked to depression; resulting insulin levels may release the stress hormone cortisol. Mood fluctuations as sugar effects hormones have also been found to trigger schizophrenic episodes.

01Hides HIV

The HIV virus is covered in a chain of sugar molecules. Camouflaging with healthy cells, the coating prevents the body identifying the virus.

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