Sugar Reduces Testosterone Levels
We’ve told you about how sugar makes you fat. There’s new research that shows that besides promoting fat storage in your body, it further adversely affects your body. Read on to find out..
According to a new study, sugar reduces testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male hormone- its what promotes muscle growth (and fat loss), gives you facial and body hair and keeps your sex life crackling! So, a reduction of testosterone means that you could potentially have less muscle, a not so good sexual life, and overall being less manly.
So, is sugar really worth the side effects? We don’t think so. We’re not saying live without sugar, but find good replacements. A natural sugar replacement is honey. Honey has many health benefits. If you want to go sugar free, use the healthiest sugar substitute.
Indians are genetically prone to diabetes, so manage your sugar intake. It’ll keep you healthy!— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Truth About Fat and Sugar
Many people believe in the myth that sugar based foods contain lots of fat content. In fact, Sugar is actually not that bad for your body.
It is the excessive consumption of sugar that is unhealthy along with our lack of physical activity, and when sugar permeates in some form or another in most foods that we eat.
Sugar is basically glucose. So, any food that contains sugar has glucose. Read on to know how sugar reacts inside your body, and how your body reacts to it.
The basic purpose of glucose in our body is to provide immediate energy. Each gram of sugar provides 4 calories of energy.
When we consume sugary foods, this glucose gets immediately absorbed by our blood to be converted into energy. Since glucose is so quickly absorbed into our blood stream, the glucose levels in our blood shoots up. That’s why you feel a sudden surge of energy right after eating sugary food. When the blood glucose level shoots up and we’re not doing any physical activity to use up this glucose, the brain assumes that there is extra energy available and starts to store energy in the form of fat. So, the excess calories (energy) from glucose get converted to fat. Our brain is wired the way our primitive ancestors lived, not knowing when it would get food the next time. Its only in the last few hundred years that we’ve had some surety of food availability.
So, every time you eat something containing glucose and its not consumed by our normal bodily functions or exercise (like after dinner or mid-meal snacking), our brain signals this extra energy in the system to be stored as fat.
Next time, you’re going for that Danish pastry or craving those Rasgollas after dinner, think about how that’s going to affect your body.
Foods that contain glucose are sugar based foods and refined flour (maida). Foods with high sugar content are also called high glycemic index foods.
Fruits are sweet also, but they aren’t harmful to the body like glucose is.
Note: There are times when your body needs energy in the form of sugar or glucose if you’re exhausted or physically tired. Also, glucose is required during sickness.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo