Sugar: 48 great reasons to limit it!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm so far from perfect when it comes to healthy eating but soda is not one of my vices.  In fact, I've never really understood why anyone would drink so many empty calories but even I took a second look at this picture.  Wow, 22 packs of sugar.  And that's on top of the chemicals that goes into the sodas out there.  But this is just one of the things that contributes to our love affair with sugar.  There are so many things that tempt us (and by us I mean me!) every day that have a lot or a little sugar.  Well, I found a great list that should help motivate me not to take that extra bite...

This list is a great reminder why sugar is toxic.  It's not realistic to totally eliminate it but such great reasons to limit it as much as we can (for ourselves and for our kids)!!  

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
  3. Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise intriglycerides.
  5. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  6. Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
  7. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
  8. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  9. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
  10. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  11. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
  12. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
  13. Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
  14. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  15. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
  16. Sugar can promote tooth decay.
  17. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  18. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
  19. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  20. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
  21. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
  22. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
  23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  24. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  25. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  26. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  27. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  28. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  29. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  30. Sugar causes food allergies.
  31. Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
  32. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  33. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  34. Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
  35. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  36. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  37. Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
  38. Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
  39. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  40. Sugar can cause depression.
  41. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
  42. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  43. Sugar can cause hypertension.
  44. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  45. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
  46. Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
  47. Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  48. Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.


  1. The thing is, I MIGHT eat 22 packets of sugar...

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  3. You're funny! The way you've been exercising, I think you can indulge in a little sweet here and there. :)

  4. I have always known sugar suppresses my immune system, but getting people to believe me? Funny the entrenched thinking...

    Kind of a depressing list, given how much sugar is in EVERYTHING. (But thanks for sharing, anyway!)

    1. I know what you mean. It's literally everywhere. I really work at eating healthy and teaching the kids about health and moderation.