Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Your Brain

Our foods today, especially overly processed foods, include a lot of sugar.  And sugar is good at hiding behind other ingredient names:
Added Sugar Is Harmful To Your Brain
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup (in many forms: High-Fructose, Corn, Barley Malt, Malt, etc.)
  • Xylose
And that's just to name a few.

So, what's the big deal?  Our bodies need sugar.  In fact, sugar is what fuels our cells.  So what's so bad about a little extra sugar here and there?

Well, for starters, it isn't just a little extra.  Sugar consumption has risen dramatically.  Here is a chart from Stephan Guyenet at Whole Health Source:

More current figures from 2005 from the USDA put sugar well over 100 pounds per person per year. 

Forbes does a good job of summarizing the findings from several studies.  Essentially, eating too much sugar has been linked to:
  • Overeating
  • Poor Memory formation
  • Learning Disorders
  • Depression

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