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Too Much White Sugar, Artificial Sweetener May Lead To These Health Issues

A diet high in sugar can trigger a host of health issues. Here are some reasons why you should cut down your sugar intake.

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Why You Should Reduce Sugar Intake

Love sweet treats, sodas, candies and baked goods? Most of these items are loaded with white table sugar or artificial sweetener, which has been associated with a host of health issues. To reduce intake of sugar and calories, many people opt for artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes. A variety of food and beverages sold as sugar-free contain artificial sweeteners. While these synthetic sugar substitutes contain significantly less calorie than table sugar (sucrose), studies have suggested that some of they can contribute to weight gain, by increasing appetite and food consumption. Now, let’s look at some of health conditions associated with high consumption of white sugar or artificial sweeteners.

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Obesity

Several studies have highlighted the association between a diet high in added sugars and excess body weight/obesity. Experts say excess sugar is stored as fat in the body. Also, high sugar intake increases appetite, which leads to overconsumption.  Also Read - Heart Failure And Old Age: What Is New To Know?

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High Blood Pressure

Sugar can elevate uric acid levels, which in turn can inhibit production of nitric oxide (NO) in blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure.

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Heart Disease

A 2014 study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that eating too much added sugar increases the odds of dying from heart disease, even in people you aren't overweight.  Also Read - World Rabies Day: DCC Launches Vaccination Drive For Stray Dogs In Delhi

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Fatty Liver Disease

Sugar is as bad as alcohol for your liver. Overconsumption of sugar is one of the risk factors for development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Cancer

Some animal studies had linked artificial sweeteners like saccharin and cyclamate, to increased risk of bladder cancer. However, US health agencies including FDA and the National Cancer Institute, have said that there’s no strong scientific evidence to prove these health risks.  Also Read - World Heart Day 2022: What Nuts To Consume For Healthy Heart Function?