Sugar’s effect on our body
Sugar is a natural sweetener from the group of carbohydrates obtained from sugar cane. It has been rumoured for several years that sugar is not healthy for our body, which is true. When sugar is absorbed into our bloodstream, the pancreas responds to its concentration by releasing insulin. A meal full of sugar can lead to a rise in blood sugar levels and result in a drop in strength. Excessive fluctuations in insulin lead to an increased appetite and an even greater desire for sweets. Furthermore, because of the increased food consumption, we can gain weight and be stuck in a vicious circle.
Sugar, just like some illicit drugs, acts on the same centres in the brain and causes sugar addiction, because when consumed, the body begins to release opioids and dopamine. This can be followed by an abstinence crisis in the form of headaches, fatigue, and mood swings when sugar is not consumed. Sugar also affects the development of caries, as some bacteria use it as food. It also affects the skin’s appearance as it makes it difficult to restore the collagen in our skin.