According to a study in the April 2010 issue of "The Journal of the American Medical Association," increased consumption of sugary foods can lower your levels of high-density lipoproteins, which is detrimental for your cardiovascular health. High-density lipoproteins are helpful because they remove excess cholesterol from your blood. Having lower levels of high-density lipoproteins makes it easier for cholesterol to accumulate in your blood vessels and inhibit blood flow or block it, a condition known as coronary artery disease. If you're trying to lose weight, eating sweets can inhibit your efforts to shed pounds. :unsure: :angry:
Sweets tend to be calorie-dense, so small portions deliver large amounts of calories. Sweets also tend to lack fiber, a nutrient that promotes satiety, so even with high calorie contents, these snacks are not filling. Additionally, sweets are high-glycemic, meaning they have a significant impact on your blood sugar levels. This can also inhibit weight loss; a study from the June 2011 issue of "The Journal of Nutrition" found that eating foods lower on the glycemic index improved weight-loss success. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, meaning that the condition promotes continuous intestinal tract inflammation. :cheer: :)
The disease causes several serious effects, including abdominal pain, fever, persistent diarrhea and loss of appetite. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a diet rich in sugar and saturated fat -- two key ingredients of sweets -- is a major risk factor for Crohn's disease. Eating sweets frequently may also adversely affect your bone health. Research published in the June 2008 issue of "Nutrition Reviews" found that consumption of a diet rich in sugar reduced bone strength, which can make you more likely to suffer bone fractures, thus limiting your activity. Regardless if you’re having a sugar-free diet or restraining from the influences of your sweet tooth, you intake sugar through the food that you eat. :woohoo:
All that rice, pork, beef, celery, fruit and other types of food that you eat has its own kind of sugar. Your sugar levels determine if you’re at an advantage or disadvantage with your sugar intake. Here are a few things that you need to know. Energy! Sugar is the main body energy source. As your body digests food, your body breaks down the carbohydrates and converts the sugars into blood sugar or glucose that the body uses for energy. The body usually needs 45-65% of the body’s total calories per day. Sugar is not a bad thing for the body because it is the body’s energy source, but when the sugar levels in the body become imbalanced because the body easily breaks down consumed sugar! B) B)
Simple sugars from candies, sweets, confectioneries and the like make it easy for the body to break them down. When the pancreatic cells generating insulin break down due to the rapid pace of breaking down sugar, it could lead to a decrease in insulin production. Diabetes! Diabetes happens when there is a high insulin resistance level in the body causing high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Diabetes is prevented if the body slowly or adequately breaks down sugar at a level that will not imbalance the sugar levels. The disadvantage is that if you eat too many, they make you chubby. :cheer: :cheer: :)
As a result of eating candies, people can develop a variety of health problems. First of all, there is the risk of acquiring diabetes if an individual consumes an excessive amount of candies, since diabetes is caused by abnormally high blood sugar levels. In addition, eating a lot of candies can diminish dental health because cavities, or decaying areas in teeth, develop if there is an excess build up of plaque that forms in and around a tooth. Eating too many candies can also result in obesity, since unnecessary sugar is stored in the body as fat, thus the more candies you eat, the greater the build up of fat in the body. :side:
This fat build up can also lead to heart disease because by consuming sugar, the insulin levels in the blood increase. Insulin stores fat and it can damage artery walls, thus there are more opportunities for fat to build up around the heart. Lastly, eating too much sugar slows down the activities of the white blood cells. As a result, it is more difficult for the body to fight off diseases. For any diabetic, having sugar-free foods is the only way to give in to a sweet tooth. With less than 0.5 grams per serving, these treats when had in moderation can satisfy the craving for sweets without sending your blood sugar levels shooting up. Sugar causes a spike in natural insulin levels, a great threat for diabetic patients. :S :side:
These artificial sweeteners are a great alternative, allowing you to enjoy the occasional treat without the drawbacks of usual desserts. They don’t cause a sudden rise in blood sugar levels like authentic sweets and are great for your teeth. Also, a few sugar-free candies can control hunger cravings and you can easily savour the nutritional benefits of chocolates without he added sugar in it. Chocolates are great for your heart and also work as antioxidants, and the sugar-free varieties are ideal for diabetic patients. Substitutes like Splenda, Sugar Free, Equal and Stevia are low in sugar and calories and can be used in place of sugar in all dessert recipes. :woohoo: :woohoo: :kiss:
here cannot be advantages without disadvantages, and sugar-free foods are no exception. Most sugar-free foods are free of natural sugar, but that doesn’t mean they are free of calories too. Having too many calories can be dangerous for any diabetic, since their body doesn’t produce normal levels of insulin and desserts that are high in fat content are always a threat. The problem greatly arises because most diabetics assume the desserts and candies to be ‘sugar-free’ and tend to overindulge. And sometimes these sugar-free foods contribute to hundreds of calories consumed by the diabetic patient, which again sends their blood sugar levels soaring. :kiss: :oops:
I'm in my 40's and I have seen many of my candy-addicted friends and family who were skinny when they were young hit a point when the body starts to pack on those calories as extra weight. It happens at different times for different people (late teens, 20's, 30's, 40's), but it always happens.
So, is it bad to eat candy? Well, I would ask you some other questions to help you figure out the answer to that question. How much of your daily caloric intake comes from candy? Most of it? If so, that's probably bad. Are you burning a lot of calories every day? Do you skateboard? Jog? Play sports? If you burn a lot of calories with your activity, that might be why you crave candy. Do you have yeast in your system? Sometimes people with overgrowth of yeast in their bodies crave refined sugar because the yeast are stealing all their energy. That would be something to be concerned about. Finally, I would ask you if you are getting all the nutrients you need. Bodies eat food not just for energy (which sugar certainly provides) but also for the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fats we need to build a body. Does your diet provide those things?
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