We are bombarded with a plethora of pictures and advertisements of processed sugary food items that are touted to be ‘within an arm’s length of desire’. And that is pretty much how their makers want them to be so. This holds true for early morning sugar binges when a person cannot help reaching for that cookie or cake!
The easy availability of processed foods has led to a veritable epidemic of ever-increasing obesity. What’s worse is that the consumption of processed sugar is also drastically affecting the overall quality of our lives.
Let us take a good look at the potentially harmful side effects of processed sugar intake on our health, especially in the morning.
- 1 1. Empty calories make you feel hungry through the day
- 2 2. Processed white sugar (and its datives) contains no essential nutrients whatsoever
- 3 3. The increased proliferation of sugar as a breakfast item is taking its toll
- 4 4. Always remember that the ‘Sweet Tooth carries the recipe for disaster
- 5 5. Refined sugar can also be highly addictive as well
- 6 6. Don’t become an early breakfast “sugar Junkie”
- 7 7. Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance
1. Empty calories make you feel hungry through the day
Think about it. If you were to take a simple swipe on your smartphone, the odds are that you will be served with the most humongous of desserts loaded with heaps and heaps of sugar. And after eating those, you cannot feel full at all, because they have nothing of substance inside them. On the contrary, they will make you feel hungry all over again because more often than not, you will actually end up feeling guilty because you had so much sugar for breakfast and now want all the more, within the next couple of hours. And this resultant guilt coupled with your latent hunger will make you reach out for that nearest donut. And of course, apart from the donut, you will also have to contend with nightmares regarding the fact that you are slowly but steadily losing your ‘battle with the bulge.’
2. Processed white sugar (and its datives) contains no essential nutrients whatsoever
Refined sugar contains a lot of needless calories that can make you fat but will not help you in any way when it comes to making a difference to your body. As a matter of fact, this is the key reason because of which they are generally known as ‘empty’ calories. Since such patently useless calories contain virtually no traces of important minerals vitamins and proteins, they lead to weight gain in a short period of time.
3. The increased proliferation of sugar as a breakfast item is taking its toll
Unfortunately, these days, it is not even remotely uncommon for people to eat up to 40 and sometimes even up to 50 percent of their total caloric intake from such refined and ‘factory produced’ processed sugar.
In a nutshell, ‘Houston you have a problem’ because you are imbibing a lot of calories without acquiring any corresponding nutritional value from these calories, as such. This essentially means that not only will you automatically end up with nutritional deficiencies in the long run, but also be the unwilling host of various illnesses and chronic conditions that you may well have to endure all throughout your life.
4. Always remember that the ‘Sweet Tooth carries the recipe for disaster
The sweet tooth is pretty much the death knell for your erstwhile ‘pearly whites,’ chiefly because it helps bacteria to actively breed and thrive in your mouth. This means that in the long run not only will you end up with a bad case of permanent halitosis (bad breath that can push away people even close to you, quite literally indeed), but a major dental decay along with the much-dreaded visits to a dentist. This holds true if it’s the middle of the morning since, you will not be liable to brush, floss and use mouthwash for the next few hours at least. And during all that time, the germs would be busy as bees, burrowing into your teeth.
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5. Refined sugar can also be highly addictive as well
This addiction typically occurs because various refined and processed sugars flood our bodies with Dopamine. Here, it is pertinent to note that eating refined and processed sugar really does not make us feel very happy, to say the least. On the contrary, the large amounts of dopamine that course through our system would be doing the needful and we would need more sugar to get that rush back.
6. Don’t become an early breakfast “sugar Junkie”
The dopamine surge that the more commonly available processed sugar types give to the consumer, almost immediately after it has been eaten, is actually much higher than anything that the modern man (or his ancestors for that matter) had been exposed to, from the different food groups commonly found in nature.
It is primarily because of this reason that many a weak-willed person who are already highly (and genetically) susceptible and predisposed to chemical addictions can end up becoming a ‘sugar junkie’ when it comes to consuming different sweet items early in the morning (ice cream cakes and shakes are a prime example).
7. Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance
Excess sugar creates resistance in the cells of our body and as a result, they become immune to the effects of insulin. So, the body creates more insulin to get rid of the glucose and it leads to higher insulin levels in the blood.
Apart from that, insulin also instructs the fat cells to pick up residual fat from the bloodstream and to hold on the already large amounts of fat that they are currently carrying.
This, in a nutshell, is how insulin causes unwanted weight gain. If you don’t want to end up with excess fat in the midsection, cut down on your sugar intake. This way you won’t have to invest in fat freezing or other non-invasive weight loss methods.
As the body becomes more resistant to insulin, a person ends up with type II diabetes and has to take oral and sometimes intravenous medication to survive.
In the light of the above, we can safely determine that sugar is terrible for health especially in the morning since it leads to the chain reaction; of eating sugar all day long. To regain control of your health, try your best to cut down on the sugar intake.