~Advantages and disadvantages of Sugar~

My Owner consumes many amounts of sugar everyday, but since he is a Vampire, he has no health problems with this sweet element. However, you’re humans; you can have problems with your health if you don’t control yourselves. Eating sweets things is good for you once for a while anyway~ Did you hear about the “sweet attack“? You can get it if you don’t consume something sweet and appetizing for a good while, causing you to eat a huge amount of sugar in one day suddenly. Though my Owner has many of these attacks almost all the time~ Hehe~

But let’s show some information about the Sugar. Sugar can have many positive effects on your life and metabolism. But they can be bad too.

Calorie content – Sugar has a high calorie content that will give your body energy that you lack. However, all that energy is short lived and it can only give your short bust of increased productivity. Because sugar contains four calories per gram, but it lacks nutritious value (no dietary fibers) and because of that sugar is only an added ingredient in many meals.

Diabetes – Scientists have proven that diabetes is a genetic condition that is created from the moment we are born. Eating bad food and lots of sweets and fats can only decrease the efficiency of the pancreas, but in moderate use there are no health risks.

Skin health – Sugar’s glycolic acid can be very helpful in maintaining the health and look of your skin. Using it can help elimination blemishes and restoring the balance in the skin’s oils.

Less processed – Many people use high-fructose corn syrup as a means of sweetening their food, but that product is highly processed and can cause problems to their digestion. Sugars consist only from natural ingredients that can be processed easily by our metabolism.

Effects on Blood Sugar – Although all sugar provides the body with energy, how quickly the body breaks it down affects the blood sugar levels. The body breaks down simple sugars quickly, causing a spike in blood sugar levels. The body responds by producing and releasing insulin, a hormone produced by the cells in the pancreas necessary for cells to intake glucose. Over time, the increased demand on the pancreatic cells can make them wear out, leading to a decrease in insulin production. This insulin resistance can cause diabetes and contribute to heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels. This negative effect on blood sugar is a disadvantage of some sugar molecules. The body breaks down other types of sugar, such as fiber and some of the starches, more slowly, which helps to keep blood sugar levels constant. This not only reduces the strain on insulin production, but it also helps in maintaining a constant weight.

Minerals and nutrients – Sugars in their structure have ingredients that are passed to them from their natural sources, sugarcanes or beet. Elements such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium will not be greatly present in the industrially refined sugar.

Environment benefits – Sugar is created from natural resources without the use of pesticides and other harmful products, in a way what don pollutes environment. That is not the case with the production of the industrial artificial sweeteners.

Obesity – Many foods that contain sugar also contain a large number of calories and a high fat content. These factors together can contribute to weight gain. Foods that contain added sugars — those that do not occur naturally — also cause weight gain that can lead to obesity. The more sugar that is added to a food, the more calories it has. Consuming a lot of these calories means that you cannot get your required nutrients in the required amount of calories resulting in the consumption of too many calories. Therefore, sugar in general is associated with weight gain and obesity, a condition that affects nearly one-third of adults in the United States.

Causes Insulin Resistance –The main function of insulin is to drive glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

But when we eat a Western diet, the cells tend to become resistant to the effects of insulin.

When this happens, the pancreas start secreting even more insulin to remove the glucose from the bloodstream, because elevated blood glucose is toxic.

This is how insulin resistance leads to elevated insulin levels in the blood.

But insulin also has another important function… it tells the fat cells to pick up fat from the bloodstream and to hold on to the fat that they already carry.

This is how insulin causes obesity.

When the body becomes even more resistant to insulin, the beta cells in the pancreas eventually become damaged and lose the ability to produce sufficient insulin. This is how you get type II diabetes, which now afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.

Excess fructose is a known cause of insulin resistance and elevated insulin in the blood.

Harms Your Cholesterol and Triglycerides – In a controlled study, people were assigned to drink 25% of calories as either a glucose-sweetened drink or a fructose-sweetened drink for 10 weeks.

The fructose group had:

  • Increases in blood triglycerides.
  • Increases in small, dense LDL and oxidized LDL (very, very bad).
  • Higher fasting glucose and insulin.
  • Decreased insulin sensitivity.
  • Increased fat in the abdominal cavity (visceral fat).

Basically, 25% of calories as fructose significantly harmed blood lipids and caused features characteristic of the metabolic syndrome, which is a stepping stone towards obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a (short) lifetime of poor health.

Addictive – When we eat sugar, dopamine is released in the brain, giving us a feeling of pleasure.

This is actually how drugs of abuse like cocaine function.

Our brain is hardwired to seek out activities that release dopamine. Activities that release an enormous amount of it are especially desirable.

In certain individuals with a certain predisposition to addiction, this causes reward-seeking behavior typical of addiction to abusive drugs.

Studies in rats demonstrate that they can in fact become physically addicted to sugar.

This is harder to prove in humans, but many people consume sugar and other junk foods in a pattern that is typical for addictive, abusive compounds.

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