Everyone knows that too much sugar is not good for you. Tooth decay, weight gain, and diabetes are commonly linked to too much sugar consumption. The problems with sugar, however, are so much bigger and effect so many more people that it is amazing.
- Adults who drink just two sodas a day while eating a 2000 calorie diet are 20 times more likely to die of heart disease than those who consume less than 10 percent of their calories from sugar. This risk was even after other risk factors like being overweight or smoking. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-too-much-sugar-is-linked-to-fatal-heart-disease/)
- High blood sugar levels are increase risk of developing dementia even if diabetes is not present. (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1215740)
- Dr. Robert Lustig found that sugar makes the brain think it is hungry while increasing fat storage. That’s a perfect recipe for obesity. (https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2009/06/8187/obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-driven-fructose-sugar-diet)
- Sugar increases inflammation in the body leading to many health conditions including heart attacks, strokes, and possibly cancer. It also can cause increased blood pressure. (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx#_edn1)