Do you find it nearly impossible to resist the opportunity to devour a cupcake, brownie, or doughnut? You’re not alone. Most of us jump at the chance to satisfy our sweet tooth, even though we know it isn’t good for us. Too many people, however, take an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to junk food, which can make it hard to quit. You don’t have to stop eating sugar completely, but eating less of it could improve and even save your life.
Refined sugars — found in most of the highly processed junk foods you know and love — are more harmful than you’ve been led to believe. Too much could damage your liver, endanger your heart, and shorten your life. Here’s how too much sugar could put your health, and your life, at risk.
1. It’s replacing nutritious foods
The research doesn’t lie — we’re eating too many processed foods. Refined sugars, the kinds added to highly processed foods and beverages, are some of the most dangerous chemicals you can dump into your body — and you’re doing it all the time. Foods with sugars added to them generally aren’t healthy. When you eat foods high in sugar, you tend to fill up on empty calories, and don’t leave enough room for protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Malnutrition, even when you’re overeating, can cause a number of health problems — everything from heart issues to death.