Human Body And Its Effects On The Body

2256 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
Everyday the body is exposed to countless toxins. Whether from environmental or our own metabolic processes, when these toxins accumulate the body becomes overwhelmed and incapable of functioning up to par. For many Americans, a problematic toxin common in the diet is sugar. The average American consumes up to 32 teaspoons of sugar per day, much of this sugar is found in many processed foods and beverages (Lipski, p. 234). Many consume over three times the amount of sugar the body needs for necessary cell function, When this excess sugar metabolizes into body fat it overloads and damages the liver. Which puts the individual on the path for developing chronic disease such as hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, inflammation, high triglycerides and insulin resistance, diabetes, as well as causes damage to lipids, proteins and DNA, contributing to the aging process (Brandis, Lustig, & Schmidt, 2012).

Although cells require sugar for energy, it is glucose the cells prefer as a source. However, much of the excess sugar consumed today is fructose. Excess fructose consumption has similar effects on the liver as excessive alcohol intake, as the liver metabolizes alcohol the same way as sugar and converting the carbohydrate into fat (Brandis, Lustig, & Schmidt, 2012). High concentrations of fructose is rare in nature and is typically found along side fiber. However, in the American diet, the fiber is removed, therefore it’s greatly concentrated thus flooding the body…
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