10 Reasons to Quit Sugar

Trying to cut down on sweets? Here are 10 health reasons to quit the white stuff for good.

Eating too much sugar can have a negative impact on your health. Here are 10 reasons to reduce your sugar intake—or quit completely.

  1. Researchers have linked excess sugar consumption to diabetes. Drinking one can of soda a day was linked with a 1.1% increase in diabetes.

  2. A recent study found that sugary soft drinks contributed to chronic respiratory diseases like asthma or COPD.

  3. A high sugar diet can alter the composition of your gut flora in as little as 24 hours. These imbalances can lead to decreased immunity, impaired digestion, and inflammation.

  4. Sugar consumption has been shown to increase risk of certain cancers.

  5. Diets high in fructose can impair memory and the ability to learn. (Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce this damage.)

  6. Keeping your sugar intake below 5% of your recommended daily caloric intake can help you significantly avoid cavities and tooth decay.

  7. Sugar has also been associated with increased incidence of heart disease. To help limit this risk, keep your sugar intake below 7% of your total caloric intake, as recommended by your health provider.

  8. Studies have found that eating a lot of sugar contributes to weight gain and obesity in both adults and children.

  9. Sugar can contribute to many kinds of heart disease, including high cholesterol. It can influence the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL), as well as the ratio between bad and good cholesterol (HDL).

  10. Excess blood sugar can lead to glycation, which causes premature aging, including prematurely aging skin and other age-related diseases.

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