Is sugar toxic? It is when you consider the levels the average American swallows each year—a whopping 130 pounds of added sugars ingested annually. That’s about 22 teaspoons a day, way over the max set by the American Heart Association in 2009. New science shows that this overload of sugar—often stemming from hard-to-detect hidden added sugars—is affecting your body in all sorts of strange ways.
Check out these 11 weird things that sugar is doing to your body from The Sugar Smart Diet, a breakthrough plan brimming with reasons to rein in your sugar habit.
1. Sugar makes your organs fat.
Sugar Stat: The fructose—a component of table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup—in added sugars triggers your liver to store fat more efficiently, and in weird places.
2. Sugar primes your body for diabetes.
Sugar Stat: A PLoS One study found that for every extra 150 calories from sugar available per person each day, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1 percent.
3. Sugar hammers your heart.
Sugar Stat: You might expect sugar-curbing recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, thanks to sugar’s clear impact on type 2 diabetes. But the truth is heart disease and diabetes are intricately related: Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death among people with type 2 diabetes, accounting for 65 percent of those deaths.
4. Sugar creates tense blood vessels.
Sugar Stat: Excess added sugars cause excess insulin in the bloodstream, which takes its toll on your body’s circulatory highway system, your arteries.
5. Sugar promotes cholesterol chaos.
Sugar Stat: There is an unsettling connection between sugar and cholesterol, as well.
6. It leads to type 3 diabetes.
Sugar Stat: Brown University neuropathologist Suzanne de la Monte, MD, coined the term type 3 diabetes after her team was the first to discover the links between insulin resistance and high-fat diets and Alzheimer’s disease.
7. Sugar turns you into a junkie.
Sugar Stat: Much like street drugs, sugar triggers the release of chemicals that set off our brain’s pleasure center, in this case opioids and dopamine.
8. Sugar turns you into a ravenous animal.
Sugar Stat: Sugar. Makes. You. Feel. Famished. Emerging research suggests regularly eating too much sugar scrambles your body’s ability to tell your brain you’re full.
9. Sugar makes you an energy-starved zombie.
Sugar Stat: This sugar spike-and-crash sets you up to want more sugar—a vicious cycle.
10. Sugar turns your smile upside down.
Sugar Stat: We might reach for sugar to feel better, but we’re getting the opposite effect in the end.
11. Sugar wrecks your face.
Sugar Stat: The result of too much sugar? Dry, brittle protein fibers that lead to wrinkles and saggy skin. Read More…
Saturday October 18th, 2014
15 min AMRAP:
- 10 SDLHP (115/75)
- 15 Anchored Situps
- 10 Pullups
A) Weighted Push Up 3×5 (same weight)