One of the worst things you can do for your body is fed sugar – sugar does not necessarily natural as those found in fruits, but refined sugar. A team of scientists from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) recently pored through more than 8,000 scientific articles on how sugar affects the body and concluded that not only makes people fat but also the sick.
The project, which has been dubbed SugarScience exposes sugar as the main culprit in the formation of metabolic disease, which can lead to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes type 2. The lead author, Laura Schmidt, UCSF professor of Faculty of Medicine, says that his team’s findings are understandable -. Sugar is highly toxic to the body and vital organs, including the liver
According to his research, sugar nearly three quarters of all packaged and processed foods contain added. This sugar is usually listed under 61 different names, including things like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dextrose, evaporated cane juice and sucrose. It is often difficult to identify because of this sugar, and current regulatory requirements do not require that the recommended daily values of both natural and added sugar are identified.
The result is that millions of people who regularly consume more sugar than they should, leading to metabolic syndrome, a classification of risk factors associated with a number of chronic diseases. If allowed to run its course, metabolic syndrome can lead to early death as liver failure, heart attack, blood clots and several other life threatening diseases.
“Excess sugar causes chronic metabolic disease in fat and thin people,” said pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, a team member of SugarScience and author of Fat Chance: beat the odds against sugar, processed foods, obesity, and disease , noting that obesity is a completely separate issue of great bodily injury caused by sugar consumption.
“And instead of focusing on obesity as a problem, we must focus on our supply of processed foods.”
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Part of the problem is that many people do not yet realize the amount of sugar they are actually consuming. According to Medical Xpress , the average American consumes about 20 teaspoons, or about 78 grams of sugar a day, which is more than the maximum level recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).
One 12-ounce can of soda pop contains up to 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar, which is the maximum recommended daily level of the AHA for adult men. Adult women, the group says, should consume no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar, every day, while children should be limited to between 3 and 6 teaspoons or 12 to 24 grams per day ,.
The best way to consume natural sugar is, of course, whether in fruits, vegetables or dairy products unprocessed. Fruits and vegetables contain dietary fiber and other nutrients that help cushion the speed with which sugar is processed, the protection of organs such as the pancreas of having to work overtime to produce insulin, which can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
SugarScience research also reiterated that not all calories are the same, as is commonly believed in the mainstream.
“SugarScience shows that a calorie is not a calorie, but rather that a calorie source determines how metabolized,” Lustig said.