We all know the slogans that “sugar causes tooth decay”, “sugar causes obesity” and “sugar is addictive.” This is actually true, but it is only an introduction to a long list of health problems that are the result of excess sugar in the body. When consumed in large quantities, it damages the brain, liver, pancreas and can cause serious health problems! Is it true that sugar causes havoc in the body?
The number of obese people has reached epidemic proportions. Excessive sugar consumption is a major factor in the spread of non-communicable diseases.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations for adults and children to limit the consumption of sugar to less than 10% of the total number of daily calories. This corresponds to approximately 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day for adults. Although 12 teaspoons of sugar seems to be large, in countries such as South Africa, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States, the recommended sugar intake is notoriously exceeded.
Some countries are trying to solve the problem of excessive sugar consumption by introducing various rules and procedures (eg tax on carbonated drinks, awareness raising campaigns or even prohibitions). To reduce sugar intake by children in schools, Australia has implemented a program called ‘A Smart Choice of Healthy Food and Drinks’. In France, it was forbidden to place vending machines selling food in schools. In the Netherlands, as part of the experiment, a program was created, according to which students receive free fruits and vegetables for meals in the canteen.
Is any type of sugar harmful?
It may seem that the whole world has declared war on sugar. However, it really is about lowering the consumption of refined sugar. Sugar in any form is a simple carbohydrate converted into glucose and giving energy to the body. However, the effect that sugar has on the body depends on its type.
Natural sugar is found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products (milk and cheese). Food products containing natural sugar are very important in the diet because they provide nutrients that are necessary to keep the body healthy and help prevent disease.
Refined sugar and sweet syrups are added to food and drinks, including cakes, biscuits, carbonated drinks and breakfast cereals. High fructose corn syrup is one of the most popular sweeteners. All products that contain unnatural sweeteners should be eliminated from the diet. The reduced-fat products are also artificially sweetened to improve the taste.
To ensure full gastrointestinal support during regeneration and shorten the recovery time, it is good to take one tablet of the natural DIGESTIVE+++ dietary supplement at every meal. This preparation helps to digest food and create beneficial gastrointestinal microflora, and supports metabolism, helps in weight control and maintains a healthy liver.