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...Reasons to Quit Eating Sugar

  1. Diabetes:  Until recently, researchers believed that obesity was the major cause of diabetes, not sugar.  However, new research has shown that sugar has a contributory effect to diabetes, beyond simply the calories that it contains.  An increase of roughly on can of soda pr day was associated with a 1.1.% increase in diabetes prevalence.
     
  2. Impaired Learning and Memory:  An ACLU study shows that a diet high in fructose can impair the ability to learn and remember.  This is particularly concerning given the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.  A diet rich in Omega-3 can reduce the damage
     
  3. Tooth Decay:  The link between sugar and tooth decay is welt-established. There is also significant evidence that maintaining your intake of excess sugars at below 5% of your diet will help to avoid cavities.
     
  4. Asthma:  In a 2012 Australian study, children who drank more than half a liter of soft drinks er day were significantly more likely to suffer from asthma or COPD. The greater the consumption of soft drinks. the more likely an individual is to suffer from ne ofthese respiratory onditions.
     
  5. Heart Disease:  A 2014 study examined sugar consumption and heart disease. Those individuals who consumed 25% of their calories in the form of sugar were found to have double the risk of heart disease vs those whose intake was 7%.
     
  6. Imbalanced Gut Flora:  Research shows that switching to a high-sugar diet can alter the composition of your gut flora within 24 hours. Imbalances in our gut flora can weaken immunity, impair digestion, increase inflammation, and much more.
     
  7. Obesity: Studies in both adults and children have demonstrated a link between sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain. In 2014 the Obesity Center revlsed its guidance and recommended that children minimize their intake of these drinks.
     
  8. Increased Risk of Cancer:  Sugar consumption has been linked to increased risk for ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, and endometrial cancer, among others.  Sugar has also been linked to obesity, which has been linked to a longer list of cancers.
     
  9. Higher Cholesterol:  Researchers at Emory University found that increased sugar consumption increased several risk factors for heart disease, including the amount of LDL cholesterol and the ratio between LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol.
     
  10. It has long been known that diabetics age faster than other people. Excess blood sugar leads to glycation, when sugar binds with amino acid molecules.  The resulting advanced glycation end products  age our skin, and are a factor in many age-related diseases.

Reprinted by permission from The Candida Diet website by Lisa Richards.

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