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The Perils
and Pitfalls
of
WITH DIABETES, OBESITY AND CANCER
ON THE RISE, IS IT ANY WONDER THAT
SUGAR CONSUMPTION IS NOW AT AN ALL
TIME HIGH, FOUND IN NEARLY ALL OF THE
FOODS WE EAT ON A DAILY BASIS?
HEALTH
EXAMINES THE HIDDEN LURKING DANGERS
BEHIND SUGAR AND WHY ITS CONSUMPTION
SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.
Sugar
From cookies and cakes to savouries
and breads, Afshan Jamil, Assistant
Head of the GMC-HRC Clinical
Nutrition Department explains that
historically, sugary foods were prized
for their abundant calories and quick
energy spike. “And today, we have
become wired to mindlessly reach
for the cookie jar over and over again
– even though we have no lions to
outrun,” she says. Besides the fact
that sugar has a very high caloric
content, virtually no nutritional value
and causes weight gain, sugar also
encourages inflammation and infection,
compromises the immune system and
raises insulin levels. “Insulin encourages
the storage of fat, elevates triglyceride
levels and promotes cardiovascular
disease, asthma, mood swings, diabetes,
gallstones, hypertension and arthritis,”
she says and yet despite all of this, most
of us continue to crave and devour
sweets on a daily basis.
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