Nowadays, it is quite normal for a person to have a dessert or a little sugary snack after dinner. But this habit of eating sweets after a meal is a recent development in the human family’s eating habits. Former staff writer for Discover and a correspondent for the journal Science, Gary Taubes in the well-renowned book entitled The Case Against Sugar makes the following observation:
“No such ambiguity existed about sugar consumption. “We now eat in two weeks the amount of sugar our ancestors of 200 years ago ate in a whole year,” as the University of London nutritionist John Yudkin wrote in 1963 of the situation in England.”
Sugar is also attributed to speeding up the aging process. According to Dr. Andrew Weil in the article Does Sugar Cause Wrinkles? Aging, sugar can accelerate the aging process:
“Sugar consumption can certainly play a role in the development of wrinkles and sagging skin, but its influence may be slight compared to the effects of other environmental factors and of aging itself. As we get older, our skin begins to dry, becomes less elastic and more fragile because of decreased production of natural oils. Skin also gets saggy and lined as underlying fat diminishes. Exposure to ultraviolet light accelerates the aging process by breaking down subcutaneous connective tissue; this is thought to be the main cause of premature wrinkling. Smoking and exposure to air pollution also play roles, as do your habitual facial expressions, which over the years cause grooves to form under the skin. Then there is genetics, which may account for up to 50 percent of skin aging.”
Eating too much sugar can result in heart attack. Medical authorities used to believe that heart attacks were the result of fat. Now they are discovering that it is sugar, not fat that is the main culprit. Dr. Mark Hyman in the article Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks – Sugar Does, states:
“For years, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that fat causes heart attacks and raises cholesterol, and that sugar is harmless except as a source of empty calories. They are not empty calories. As it turns out, sugar calories are deadly calories. Sugar causes heart attacks, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia, and is the leading cause of liver failure in America.
The biggest culprit is sugar-sweetened beverages including sodas, juices, sports drinks, teas and coffees. They are by far the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. In fact, more than 37% of our sugar calories come from soda. The average teenage boy consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar a day, or about 544 calories from sugar. Even more troubling, this isn’t just putting kids at risk for heart attacks at some remote later date in their lives.”
Sugar can also cause brain damage. The Negative Impact of Sugar on the Brain by Dr. Joel Fuhrman delves deep into this topic:
“In the brain, excess sugar impairs both our cognitive skills and our self-control (having a little sugar stimulates a craving for more). Sugar has drug-like effects in the reward center of the brain. Scientists have proposed that sweet foods—along with salty and fatty foods—can produce addiction-like effects in the human brain, driving loss of self-control, overeating and subsequent weight gain.