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!
Many people have this myth that sugar contains lots of fat content. In fact, Sugar is essentially not bad for your body.
It is the excessive consumption of sugar that is unhealthy along with our lack of physical activity, and that it permeates in some form or another in most foods that we eat.
Sugar is basically glucose. So, any food item 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 activity that uses up this glucose, our 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 body (like after dinner or just generally snacking), our brain notes the extra energy in the system and starts storing it 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, and then glucose is needed – sickness, or long workouts.