In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that an average American consumed between 150 to 170 pounds per year. In the U.K., the total consumption of sugar per year can reach up to 2 million tonnes. Unfortunately, high amount of these refined sugars is hidden in many different names and within various unsuspecting food products sold in supermarkets.
Sugars are hiding in many of the foods we eat and beverages we drink including low-fat yoghurt, sauces, flavoured water, energy drinks, breakfast cereals, certain smoothies, wholemeal bread, and let’s not forget sodas. Most of the high amount added sugars are not really obvious, which is why Dr. Michael Mosely called them the sugar traps.
This high sugar consumption resulted in various metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes plus hosts of other health conditions as a result of these two.
Sugar Affects The Brain
It’s clear that sugar affects the body in different ways negatively including the brain. One study found evidence of sugar is addictive. In fact, some experts consider sugar addiction as addictive as cocaine and heroin. Another study finds that even rats fed with a considered “safe dosage” of sugar still has a toxic effect.
Sugar Is Toxic
Sugar is addictive and toxic when consumed in high amount, and here’s Dr. Robert Lustig interviewed by CNN Health Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the toxic effect of sugar in the body.
According to one editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, we can’t outrun a bad diet. A bad diet includes eating highly processed foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, and high amount of added sugars including artificial sweeteners like aspartame and commonly used sugar in sodas, high fructose corn syrup.
The key to minimising sugar consumption is awareness. Read the labels and start recognising the many different names of sugar in which food manufacturers are using and declaring in the ingredients list.
You’ll be surprised as soon as you start doing this, there are even 3 times more sugar than you originally thought. In some products, you’ll find dextrose, fructose, and the word sugar in one ingredient list. All these are sugar plus many other different names.
Sugar And Male Fertility
One of the key element of being a man is fertility, which is the ability to have children. An article at Science mentioned a study where researchers performed a DNA analysis on participants they found 52% of sperms collected from diabetic men have fragmented DNA. This DNA fragmentation can result to inability to fertilize the egg. If it can fertilize the egg, it can lead to abnormalities of the fetus.