The Dangers of Hidden Sugars in Your Diet

The Dangers of Hidden Sugars in Your Diet

Did you know the average sugar intake for a person in Western society is 140 pounds per year? In the beginning of the 19th century, this figure was only about 5 pounds per year. At that time, many metabolic chronic diseases, heart disease, and cancers were virtually non-existent. Now that those conditions are commonplace, we must ask, is the body genetically designed to be eating all of the ‘refined sugars’ that are hidden away in the typical modern Western diet?

Many people are totally unaware that consuming excess amounts of sugars in different forms is a ticking time bomb that can lead to many chronic metabolic diseases. This can easily be avoided with a common sense approach to eating sugar in moderation. However many of the sugars that we eat are hidden in foods by their manufacturers.

Hidden Sugars

Many of these ‘bad’ sugars that we eat are hidden in foods that are processed, baked, and various cooking sauces etc. Is there any wonder that obesity and chronic metabolic disease cases have gone through the roof in the Western world, as people are losing control of their waistlines because of these ‘hidden sugars’? These hidden sugars are a huge trigger for weight gain. The question is why?

Too much sugar in your diet

When people constantly eat a high sugar intake (hidden sugars or not), the excess calories are stored as fat, this causes the fat cell’s size to expand rapidly. The expanding fat cell becomes insulin resistant. The rise in free fatty acids in the bloodstream can cause the body to switch to fat as its primary fuel source at the expense of glucose. This can lead to the following scenarios:

  • Increased insulin resistance and impaired usage of blood glucose
  • Increased body fat and an overall weight gain
  • Increased ‘bad’ cholesterol, triglyceride and insulin levels in the bloodstream. These 3 can be used as markers to determine the likelihood of certain cardiac and metabolic conditions e.g. atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

Digesting sugars

When table sugar (sucrose) is digested in the body, it is broken down into two simple sugars — high-glycemic glucose and low-glycemic fructose. Scientists believe although fructose does have a lower glycemic index than sucrose but it can lead to insulin resistance because the body struggles to break it down properly.

Fructose is a culprit for weight gain

Fructose is made from refined fruits and corn, is a used by the food processing industry to save money, because less fructose is required to sweeten foods. Fructose is found in many breakfast cereals, snacks and soft drinks. A top tip is to always read the labels on foods. You will be surprised how much fructose is actually hidden in certain foods.

The negative impact of fructose

Unfortunately, the body can’t break down fructose properly and this causes inner chaos. The impact of a high continuous fructose creates a rapid spike in blood glucose; this over stresses the pancreas to secrete insulin continuously. The over loading of the pancreas can lead to insulin resistance and in the long-term type 2 diabetes.