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There are some topics that come up again and again with clients. And, what always strikes us, is just how creative they can be when trying to justify a less than positive choice they’ve been making. Both to themselves and to us (!). 
 
Sometimes it’s down to a simple lack of thought.  
 
More often there’s a rather blind eye being turned in that particular direction… 
 
Top of the list must come diet. And, as we learnt many years ago, we never ask a client whether their diet is healthy. To date, no one has ever answered this question by saying that, perhaps, it might not be. However, a quick follow up question or two has provided a somewhat different – and often very imaginative (!) – answer… 
 
And, regardless of what the advertising may say, baked beans don’t count as fresh fruit and vegetables. Nor is the salad in an all too popular takeaway beef burger one of your five a day. Top marks for creativity, zero points for nutritional value! 
 
So, what are we going to focus on today? 
 
 
Well, it’s one of the most harmful and addictive substances we can consume. High in calories, non-existent in terms of nutrition value. It’s estimated to be found in around 75% of processed foods, both sweet and savoury. Even worse, it hides behind many different names, which wily manufacturers have long used to disguise its presence. And, finally, it’s associated with a huge number of different health problems. 
 
Have you guessed what it is yet? Sugar. 
 
It’s a topic we’ve written about several times before. Asking whether Sugar really was public enemy number one? And then looking at how it’s the master of disguise, which you can find here and here
 
Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of a high sugar diet, the message still doesn’t seem to be getting through. Not only is it linked to rocketing levels of Obesity, Heart Disease and Type Diabetes, but there are many studies showing it has a detrimental effect on health in many different ways. Some of these are obvious, others less so. 
 
So, here are 60 reasons to think twice before you reach for your favourite treat, snack or ready meal courtesy of Mercola, Take control of your Health, website. Each one is backed up by scientific research and full details can be found here
 
Nutrient imbalances or deficiencies 
 
1. Upsets the mineral relationships in the body 
2. Causes chromium deficiency 
3. Interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium 
4. Increases total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels 
5. Decreases good cholesterol levels 
6. Lowers vitamin E levels 
 
Behavioural changes 
 
7. Leads to addiction and intoxication, similar to alcohol 
8. Increases hyperactivity and depressive symptoms 
9. Causes difficulty in concentrating and drowsiness 
10. Reduces learning capacity and can cause learning disorders 
11. Increases the risk of antisocial behaviour 
12. Decreases emotional stability 
13. Increases the risk of alcoholism 
 
Increased risk of diseases 
 
14. Promotes cancer cell growth 
15. Increases fasting levels of glucose 
16. Increases blood pressure levels 
17. Increases blood platelet adhesion, which could put you at risk of thrombotic conditions 
18. Leads to formation of kidney stones and gallstones 
19. Promotes excessive food intake through rapid sugar absorption 
20. Increases the risk for obesity 
21. Decreases insulin sensitivity, leading to high insulin levels and eventually diabetes 
22. Causes reactive hypoglycaemia 
23. Triggers dizziness and headaches, including migraines 
24. Makes you more prone to gastrointestinal tract problems 
25. Promotes chronic degenerative diseases 
26. Causes atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases 
27. Causes cataracts and near sightedness 
28. May lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, asthma and multiple sclerosis 
29. Increases the risk for lung cancer 
30. Contributes to osteoporosis 
31. Promotes the progression of Parkinson's disease 
32. Increases the risk of Gout and Alzheimer's disease 
33. Increases acidity of the saliva and causes tooth decay and periodontal diseases 
34. Promotes uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infection) 
35. Leads to toxaemia in pregnancy 
36. Worsens symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
37. May lead to epileptic seizures 
 
Bodily impairments 
 
38. Impairs metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual 
39. Suppresses the immune system, which increases risk of contracting infectious diseases 
40. Reduces tissue elasticity and function 
41. Leads to weaker eyesight 
42. Accelerate aging 
43. Increases advanced glycation end products where sugar molecules attach to proteins and end up damaging them 
44. Impairs DNA and collagen structure 
45. Alters collagen structure 
46. Worsens signs of skin aging 
47. Lowers the ability of your enzymes to function 
48. Promotes fat accumulation in the liver 
49. Increases the risk for kidney and pancreatic damage 
50. Contributes to salt and fluid retention 
51. Affects urinary electrolyte composition 
52. Impairs normal function of the adrenal glands 
53. Compromises lining of capillaries 
54. Weakens your tendons 
55. Can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which results in the inability to think clearly 
56. Causes hormonal imbalances 
57. Increases free radicals and oxidative stress 
58. Leads to substantial decrease in gestation, with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age infant 
59. Causes dehydration among new born babies 
60. Affects carbon dioxide production when given to infants 
 
Are we trying to frighten you into better eating habits?!? Well, partly, yes. 
 
But mainly it’s about giving you the information to make an informed decision for yourself. It really is all about the little things you do each day, usually without ever considering their possible long term effects… 
 
As always, the choice is yours. 
 
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