The Scary Truth About Sugar

It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has a sweet tooth. The average American consumes three pounds of sugar every week, with teens consuming even more. Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to healing the whole body, and diet is a very important and often overlooked component of total wellness. Sugar

Sugar has some usefulness to the body in limited amounts for providing energy. However, there is plenty of sugar in healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, as well as in carbohydrates like bread and pasta that are converted to sugar by the pancreas during digestion. The problem is that most people consume far too much excess sugar in sweet treats like soft drinks, candy, and processed foods.

The Risks of Too Much Sugar

Sugar is an energy source, which means that it fuels all of your cells. Some alternative health providers believe that sugar can increase cancer risk, while mainstream medical cancer researchers believe that sugar only indirectly raises your cancer risk by contributing to obesity, which is itself linked to greater cancer risk.

By far, obesity related illnesses are the greatest risk from consuming a lot of sugar. Obesity increases the risk of developing many health problems, from back and joint pain requiring chiropractic care to elevated risk of diabetes. Researchers at Harvard have even found that consuming too much sugar increases the risk of dying from heart disease. This may be in part because excess sugar raises cholesterol levels and high cholesterol levels are linked to heart disease. Many parents would even share anecdotal evidence that too much sugar leads to poor behavior in kids, especially when combined with artificial food coloring.

Sugar is an enjoyable part of our diets, but nature gives us all of the sugar that we need in delicious, healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and grain. When it comes to sugar and your health, it is definitely possible to have too much of a good thing. The Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw can not regulate your diet, but we can recommend less sugar. Contact us today regarding your chiropractic care.

 

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