This week, the U.S. government released its latest eating guidelines. Among other changes, the government is recommended a diet that is lower in added sugar than what the average person eats today. In truth, what raises someone’s blood sugar levels may differ from person to person. However, it is important to note that these dietary guidelines are not solely for people with weight concerns. Cutting sugar out or reducing sugar intake is important for everyone, and will make us all healthier.
Need more proof? Then consider these 10 ways that cutting sugar out of your diet will make you healthier:
Your complexion will improve.
High glycemic diets are linked to increased prevalence of acne. Want clearer skin? Cut out the sugar.
Your chances of fertility will improve.
Your children will be born healthier.
This one is not about making you healthier. It’s about making your future children healthier, so it still counts. Pregnant women with elevated blood-sugar levels are more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects, even if their blood sugar is below the cutoff for diabetes. Dads are not immune to passing on their sugar habit either. High-sugar diets in fathers can cause obesity in their offspring. Genetics are really kind of fascinating, aren’t they?
Your heart will be healthier.
Not too surprisingly, a high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, is linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Sugar throws you hormones out of whack, which can lead to the onset of cardiovascular disease. The connection is so strong that consuming large amounts of added sugars even during adolescence is associated with high cholesterol levels and an substantially increased risk of heart disease in adulthood.
What may be more surprising is that reducing consumption of added sugar in children (even without reducing calories or losing weight), can reverse chronic metabolic diseases, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure. The benefits of eliminating added sugar can be seen in as few as 10 days.
You will remember more.
You know how we sometimes think we are losing our minds? Well, if you eat lots of sugar, you might be doing just that. A high fructose diet slows brain function, which inhibits memory and learning. It can cause a significant loss of ‘cognitive flexibility,’ making it more difficult for you to adapt to changing situations. A high sugar diet can even lead to impairment of early learning among children for both long-term and short-term memory. Cut the sugar, and keep your mind. Sounds worth it to me!
Studies show that high blood sugars can damage cerebral blood vessels, playing a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. If you are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cutting out sugar is one simple yet incredibly important way to help yourself.
Your liver will be cleaner.
A sweetened beverage habit also increases your risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, an accumulation of fat in the cells of the liver. And frankly, that just sounds nasty.
You’ll be less likely to get cancer.
Consuming sustained high levels of sugars can dramatically increase our chances of getting cancer. Separate studies show that elevated blood sugar levels are linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as uterine cancer and breast cancer.
Not only does sugar increase our chances of getting cancer, it increases the spread of cancer too. Sugar actually aids the growth of the malignant cells. For women with breast cancer, a high sugar diet can increase the risk of metastasis to the lungs.
Remember, these new guidelines are not just about curbing the obesity epidemic. Cutting sugar out of your diet or reducing your sugar intake is vital for your health and wellbeing.
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