To have a healthy body, we need every nutrient in the right proportion, be it proteins, carbohydrates, fats or minerals. Sugar is also a type of simple carbohydrate, naturally present in some foods and drinks. But consuming too much sugar can lead to various health problems such as weight gain, diabetes, cavities and high blood pressure. To keep the body fit and healthy, it is necessary that we keep track of our sugar intake.
Let’s take a look at the various health problems caused by too much sugar intake.
Weight gain: Consuming a lot of sugar can lead to weight gain, as it also affects the biological pathways that control appetite. This makes us more hungry and ends up consuming more calories. Eating sugar also leads to obesity.
Diabetes: Excessive sugar intake can lead to type 2 diabetes. Sugar alone does not cause diabetes, any type of high calorie diet can cause type 2 diabetes. Many foods naturally contain sugar and their consumption also increases the risk of diabetes.
Cavities in teeth: Consuming sugar can cause tooth decay, which can further lead to cavities. After eating sugar, the bacteria in the mouth form a thin layer of plaque on the teeth, which further causes cavities and other dental problems.
Heart disease: Following a high-sugar diet can increase your risk of heart disease. People who consume more sugar are more prone to heart disease. Excessive consumption of sugar can also increase many other health problems. So keep a check while consuming sugar.
Skin: Another side effect of too much sugar is that the skin ages faster. Excessive sugar intake creates harmful molecules called “AGEs” or advanced glycation end products in the body, which further affect the skin and cause wrinkles and sagging.
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