June 3rd, 2022 is National Donut Day!
Sugar has a bittersweet reputation when it comes to health. Sugar occurs naturally in all foods that contain carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy. Consuming whole foods that contain natural sugar is okay. Plant foods also have high amounts of fiber, essential minerals, and antioxidants, and dairy foods contain protein and calcium.
Since your body digests these foods slowly, the sugar in them offers a steady supply of energy to your cells. A high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Why is sugar bad for you?
- Chronic inflammation.
- Oxidative stress.
- Moodiness and tiredness.
- Bad bacteria grow in the gut.
- Parasites to grow.
- Weight gain.
- Cold & flu viruses to thrive.
- Sleeping challenges.
- Difficulty to concentrate.
- Problem to exercise.
- Worsens depression.
- Higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
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