We ingest a number of different food ingredients – both natural and not – each day through the processed foods we eat. But one specific ingredient, so tempting in its taste, presents a true danger to our health.
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, sugar, the sweet additive that is included in many food recipes, is one of the worst things we can put in our bodies.
Dr. Lustig says that sugar acts as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin (read: poison) when consumed in excess. He points out that since the growth of the sugar industry in the United States, chronic metabolic disease has exploded in our country.
The main problem, Dr. Lustig explains, is that our livers have an insufficient capacity to metabolize sugar. When we consider that, on average, people in the US consume 20 teaspoons of sugar each day, and our livers can only safely metabolize six, the problem becomes self-evident.
All of this unmetabolized sugar can lead to a variety of diseases, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
“Over time, consuming large quantities of added sugar can stress and damage critical organs, including the pancreas and liver,” Dr. Lustis says. Additionally, he points out, high blood sugar levels can lead to kidney failure.
Part of a healthy lifestyle is a balanced and wholesome diet. Where sugar is concerned, limiting our intake to just six teaspoons daily is an absolute must. And with its inclusion in most of our processed foods, that isn’t an easy thing to do.
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