Side effects of eating too much sweets


In this article I will explain in simple words the side effects of eating too much sweets. Creating awareness about the possible side effects of excessive consumption of sweets containing free sugar is likely to help individuals in controlling their sugar intake to prevent avoidable health issues in future.

Introduction

India is known for its sweets and desserts. Generally the Indian desserts are sweeter than the desserts of other parts of the world. Indian sweets are often associated with celebrations and festivals. One can find an array of sweets and desserts during feasts. People take free sugar daily in routine in the form of many cups of tea, cold drinks, lassi, sweets etc. without thinking twice about its possible consequences. The world Health organization had earlier recommended that not more than 10% of total calorie requirement should come from free sugar but according to revised draft guidelines it has now been curtailed to 5% only.

Indian sweets and desserts

Indian sweets recipes were developed much before the invention of refrigerator etc. Since sugar is an natural preservative, it was used lavishly for storing the food for longer periods in the tropical climate of India. Some of the common Indian sweets and desserts which contain excessive amount of sugar is given below to get a feel of sugar intake of Indian people.
  1. Jalebi
  2. Gulab Jamun
  3. Gajar Ka Halwa
  4. Rasgulla
  5. Rasmalai

Side effects of eating too much sweets

Let us see what happens when one eats too much sugar. The following is a depressing list -
  1. Dental cavities-Sugar is an enemy of dental health. The teeth lined with eaten sugar harbors bacteria which create acids. Acids in turn destroy the protective enamel layer on teeth resulting in tooth decay. Sweet and sour candies are to be especially avoided since acid is the culprit
  2. Weight gain–Sugar containing foods are full of calories but do little to satiate hunger. Often one eats more when consumes high sugar containing food which causes weight gain
  3. Insulin resistance– When one eats too much sugar, demand of insulin form the body increases to break the sugar into usable energy. When the insulin level is always high, the body's sensitivity to insulin decreases causing a condition known as 'insulin resistance'. The symptoms of insulin resistance are fatigue, hunger, brain fog and high blood pressure
  4. Diabetes Mellitus -Prevalence of diabetes has been associated with consumption of more sugary foods like sweets, sweet beverages, energy drinks etc.
  5. Obesity- High sugar intake causes obesity directly or due to diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Dietary and exercise habits associated with high sugar diets may also be contributory factors
  6. Liver failure--Fat accumulates in the liver due to excess intake of sugar as metabolism process of fructose puts excess stress on liver which goes into overdrive. It may get deteriorated to liver failure over a long period of time
  7. Pancreatic cancer– High sugar diets are associated with obesity and diabetes which is associated with a slightly higher risk of pancreatic cancer which is one of the deadliest types of cancer.
  8. Kidney disease-High sugar diets may result in enlargement of kidneys and a number of problems with regular kidney function
  9. High blood pressure-High blood pressure is usually associated with salty food, not desserts but intake of excessive sweet food has also been found to cause high blood pressure
  10. Heart diseases-Excess sugar intake causes conditions like diabetes and obesity which are known risk factors for disease
  11. Addiction-Continuous consumption of sugary sweets causes addition to it. Such individuals have compulsive urge and feel pangs for eating more sweets
  12. Decline in cognitive conditions - Obesity and diabetes associated with high sugar intake are risk factors for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease
  13. Gout-Uric acid which causes gout is also a byproduct of fructose metabolism, thus excess sugar intake is a risk factor for gout
  14. Nutritional deficiencies-Sweets and other high sugar foods replace the normal wholesome food which causes nutritional deficiencies

Conclusion

Thus we can say that having a sweet tooth is not a matter of showmanship or pride. We should resolve to rationalize our sweets and desserts intake. The children should not be rewarded with chocolates and other sweets as a routine. Only by controlling our sugar intake in excessive quantities, we can teach our children to not to fall prey to this sugary trap.


Comments

Author: Ramakrishna Kambhampati14 Apr 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

Intake of excess sugar through packaged food like bakery items (doughnuts, pastries, pies, cakes, cookies, sugary candies) and home made oil rich sweets, consumption of excess soft drinks and energy drinks etc will affect our health seriously. The recommendation of American Heart association regarding intake of sugar is a maximum of 09 teaspoons for male and for females 6 teaspoons. Taking fruits as a whole regularly in diet provide the required amount of natural sugars to our body without leading to any side affects.
Go through this link to have little more information about side affects of sugars:-
http://www.indiastudychannel.com/resources/166505-Five-food-items-to-be-avoided-by-heart-patients-for-the-health-of-heart.aspx



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