Why is Refined Sugar – Known As White Sugar – Bad for You?

Why is Refined Sugar – Known As White Sugar – Bad for You?

The sugar is being processed in so many foods we eat. These foods are not just sweets. Sugar in large quantities can be found in peanut butter, mayonnaise, bread, ketchup and many other categorically “non-sweets” products.

Refined Sugar is bad for you because it raises the insulin level in your blood.

Raised blood insulin levels depress the immune system. If your immune system is depressed then your ability to fight disease is weakened.

Raised blood insulin levels can cause weight gain. Insulin promotes the storage of fat; so, when you eat foods high in refined sugar, you increase fat storage. Obviously, the result is rapid weight gain.

Refined Sugar contains no vitamins or minerals so in order for sugar to be metabolized it must draw on the body’s reserve of vitamins and minerals. When these reserves are depleted, metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher blood serum triglycerides, cholesterol, promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid storage around organs.

In summary here are ways that refined sugar can affect your health:

• Sugar can suppress the immune system.

• Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.

• Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.

• Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

• Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.

• Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).

• Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).

• Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.

• Sugar can cause kidney damage.

• Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

• Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.

• Sugar can cause copper deficiency.

• Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

• Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.

• Sugar can promote tooth decay.

• Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.

• Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.

• Sugar can increase total cholesterol.

• Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

• High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

• Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

• Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

• Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

• Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.

• Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

• Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.

• Sugar causes food allergies.

• Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.

• Sugar can overstress the pancreas causing damage.

• Sugar can cause atherosclerosis (plaque formation in the arteries).

• Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

• Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.

• Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.

• Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

• Sugar can cause depression.

• Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

• Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.

• Sugar can cause hypertension.

• Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.

• Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.

• Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.

• Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

Hence avoid the excessive use of sugar in your diet for better health.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

6 Replies to “Why is Refined Sugar – Known As White Sugar – Bad for You?”

  1. Hi Sanjana! Thanks for your informative site on sugar and its effects. There are many varieties of sweeteners, which can be produced in a number of ways. Sugars can be made using various degrees of processing, resulting in refined, unrefined and organic products. Organically produced sweeteners are produced with plants that have been grown free of pesticides and herbicides. Raw honey is a popular sweetener. It’s actually sweeter than sugar, contains small amounts of B vitamins and enzymes and it is believed to have medicinal properties. Honey is not considered a vegan food, however, because honeybees make it from the nectar of flowers. And this can be recommended for children also. Honey is good for people with weight problems.

  2. Hi sanjana, knowing all the possible ill effects of sugar can you tell me which are the foods that has such sugar contents which are not good for health as mentioned in the above post honey is a substitute but honey in some food does not give that taste…what can be other alternative.

  3. Hello,

    Just wondering – there are contradicting articles regarding consumption of sugarcane juice. Is it ok for a person to consume sugarcane juice on daily basis – if he has a long hereditary problem of diabetes?

    Any information on this would be helpful.

  4. Irrespective whether you have familial history of diabetes or not, it is always better to stay away from simple sugars as much as possible. Sugarcane juice has no fiber, hence the sugar will go into your blood stream very fast which is not very good for our insulin levels. If these sugar spikes or increase keep happening,then insulin release reduces and then you can get diabetes.

    Unless you are recovering from any liver disease or is a very active person or an athlete, then sugarcane juice can help you.

    Eat food which have a lot of fiber content…..

  5. When we consume white, refined sugar, two actions take place detrimental to one’s health. One is that, some of it passes into the bloodstream and not being required there has to be eliminated by the kidneys and the second one is that some undergo fermentation in the stomach and causes acidity affecting the blood, thus causing indigestion, constipation, acidosis, high blood pressure, diabetes etc.

    So play safe with white refined sugar and leave it alone. Dangerous substance in white garb. External appearance and taste will deceive you.

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