The Effects Of Too Much Sugar On The Body

1197 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Annie Schindler
G Period
Chemistry Honors

Effects of Too Much Sugar on the Body

Sugar is added to almost everything we eat and drink in today’s society. It is in everything from candy and ice cream to plain crackers. It appears on nutrition labels in many different names such as high-fructose corn syrup, maltose, honey, glucose, and sucrose (Fed Up). In grocery stores, around 80% of processed foods have sugar added to them (Fed Up). Although it is obvious that overeating foods with too much sugar in them can cause weight gain, there are many underlying drastic effects of consuming too much sugar as well. Overconsumption of sugar has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses (Fed Up). These illnesses do not come about by merely eating sugar one time, of course, but emerging studies continue to find that excessive amounts of sugar increase their risk factors significantly.
Millions of Americans are overweight, and although this may be blamed on sheer laziness and a lack of will power, the true basis of this epidemic is an addiction to sugar. When a person takes a bite of a sugary food, the sweet taste receptors located in taste buds on the tongue send a signal to the brain (How Sugar Affects the Brain). Once these signals reach the cerebral cortex, the brain’s “reward system” is activated (How Sugar Affects the Brain). This “reward system” sends electrical signals throughout the brain that activate a release…
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