Effects Of Sugar On Heart Attack

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We add it to our cup of coffee, and sprinkle it on our cereal. It’s added to almost all processed food, and yet, this ingredient causes a host of health problems, from depression to cancer. Why do we reach for sugar despite the growing health warnings? Have you ever wondered whether you could be a slave to sugar?

Sugar, also known as “white gold,” due to its high profitability, has been part of our lives since the 18th century. Our consumption has steadily increased since then, rising rapidly after food production industrialization. In 1822, the average daily sugar consumption was less than 9 grams. Today the average person consumes over 150 g of sugar a day. Parallel to this, we’ve witnessed a rapid rise in “lifestyle”
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Although a diet high in saturated fats was blamed for many such problems, more recent studies demonstrate how sugar increases your risk of a heart attack. A study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine concludes that individuals who get more than 17-21 percent of their daily calories from sugar have a 38 percent higher risk of cardio vascular disease, than those whose sugar consumption doesn’t exceed 8 percent of daily calories. This is an important break through, in light of the fact that many low-fat diet products aim to reduce cardio vascular disease, but actually contain more sugar than “full fat” versions.

Are you addicted to sugar?
Numerous studies demonstrate that sugar is addictive. Like a drug, sugar triggers the release of dopamine in your brain, making you feel good. This is why so many of us reach for biscuits and cakes when we are upset or stressed. Unfortunately, the comfort provided by these treats are short-lived, and the consequences of consuming too much sugar are far from sweet. Worse still, addiction to thar sugar high, stops the brain from producing its own happy chemicals. This makes depression and low moods much more common for people who regularly eat sugar.

Not only is sugar addictive, its addition to almost ALL processed foods and fizzy drinks make the body less able to regulate consumption, especially when we drink, rather than eat it. Drinking just 1 to 2 cans per day increases your
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Once you’ve made the decision to rid your life of this health-damaging ingredient, you will find that saying NO to sugar is simple. Here are some tips that will help you eliminate your sugar habit:

Use an alternative, such as honey or coconut nectar. Organic honey contains minerals and anti-oxidants,which boost your immune system. Coconut nectar comes from the sap of the coconut palm flower and contains high amounts of B Vitamins, which your body needs to produce energy. These sweeteners won’t make your blood glucose levels spike like sugar.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, linked to cancer,Alzheimer’s and depression.
Make small changes. Go through your kitchen cupboards and remove any products that contain refined sugar, and replace them with wholesome natural foods.
Always check the labels. Sugar is hidden under such names as dextrose, fructose, glucose, corn syrup, malt syrup etc. If the label includes any kind of sugar as the first, second or third ingredient (or lists it several times) then don’t buy
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