In the long-term, too much added sugar leads to elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance, obesity, fatty liver, chronic inflammation and an imbalance of gut bacteria, in part because harmful gut microbes love sugar. In the short-term, overindulging in added sugar can cause fatigue, lightheadedness, and digestive upset, particularly nausea, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
“Added sugar” includes sugars and syrups added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. Unlike naturally occurring sugars present in fruits, vegetables, milk and yogurt, added sugar offers zero nutritional benefit. Even so, the majority of us eat too much of it, and it’s making us sick.
Added sugar is sweet and sneaky! It goes by many different names and hides in all kinds of processed foods.
Check out this week’s post, “How you can avoid eating too much added sugar“, for tips on how to identify and avoid sources of added sugar.
Also, please don’t even think about replacing added sugar with artificial sweeteners. Stay tuned for future posts on the harmful effects of these sugar substitutes.