truth about sugar

The Truth About Sugar: Why It’s Bad for You

The Sweet Truth: How Sugar Affects Your Health and Beauty

The Truth About Sugar

We’ve all heard that eating too many sweets can lead to weight gain. But did you know that sugar can also cause wrinkles and many other health problems? Let’s explore how sugar impacts our health and appearance, and what we can do about it.

the sweet truth
The Sweet Truth

My Sugar Story

A Sweet Tooth Develops

Growing up in a big family, we didn’t have many sweets at home. But when I moved out on my own, I discovered I had a real sweet tooth. I started eating desserts after every meal:

  • Breakfast: Pastries with whipped cream
  • Lunch: Chocolate pudding or cookies
  • Dinner: Chocolate cake and ice cream

I didn’t think I had a problem with sugar. I had no idea how it was affecting my body.

A Wake-Up Call

It wasn’t until I was over 40 and studying to become a holistic practitioner that I learned about sugar’s negative effects. In a nutrition class, the teacher looked at each student’s face, skin, and body to spot food issues.

When he got to me, I expected to hear I looked super healthy. Boy, was I wrong! He noticed:

He said these were signs that I might be allergic to sugar. He warned that if I didn’t change my diet, I could develop serious health problems.

The Hidden Truth About Sugar in Our Food

Sugar is Everywhere

When I decided to cut out sugar, I realized it wasn’t as easy as just skipping dessert. I had to start reading food labels carefully. My first sugar-free grocery trip took over 3 hours!

I was shocked to find sugar in:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Jam
  • Flavored coffee creamers
  • Condiments
  • Salad dressings

The Sugar Explosion in America

Did you know that the average American eats 2-3 pounds of sugar each week? That’s about 152 pounds per year!

  • In the late 1800s, people only ate about 5 pounds of sugar per year.
  • 50 years ago, we ate about 40 pounds less sugar per person than we do now.

Truth about Sugar: How Sugar Harms Your Health

Sugar and Your Body

Eating too much sugar can have serious effects on your health:

  1. Weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off infections
  2. Increases your risk of heart disease
  3. Leads to weight gain and obesity
  4. Causes type 2 diabetes
  5. Contributes to depression and anxiety
  6. May increase your risk of certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancer
  7. Can cause tooth decay and gum disease
  8. Might lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially in chromium, copper, and vitamins

Sugar and Your Brain

Too much sugar can affect your brain and behavior:

  1. May cause hyperactivity, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating, especially in children
  2. Can lead to mood swings and irritability
  3. Might contribute to addictive eating behaviors

Sugar and Your Skin

Dr. Fredric Brandt, a famous dermatologist, says sugar is the number one enemy of youthful skin. Here’s why:

  1. Sugar attaches to proteins in your skin (collagen and elastin).
  2. This makes these proteins less flexible and more brittle.
  3. As a result, your skin loses its bounce and starts to sag and wrinkle.
  4. Sugar can also cause inflammation, leading to acne and other skin problems.
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Cut Down on Sugar

How to Cut Down on Sugar

Read Food Labels

  • Look for words ending in “-ose” (like fructose or dextrose) – these are all types of sugar.
  • Watch out for “syrups” in the ingredient list.
  • If sugar is one of the first ingredients listed, that’s a red flag.

Make Smart Swaps

  • Choose whole fruits instead of fruit juices.
  • Try natural sweeteners like stevia in moderation.
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates to help reduce sugar cravings.

Give Your Body a Boost

  • Take supplements like Vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 fish oils.
  • These can help repair damage and reduce sugar cravings.

The Benefits of Reducing Sugar

After cutting back on sugar, you might notice:

  1. Your puffy stomach goes down.
  2. You stop waking up in the middle of the night.
  3. Your skin looks clearer and younger.
  4. You get sick less often.
  5. You have more energy.
  6. Your mood becomes more stable.
  7. You might have fewer headaches or migraines.
  8. Your dental health improves.

Long-Term Health Benefits of Reducing Sugar

Cutting back on sugar can have significant long-term health benefits:

  1. Lower risk of heart disease
  2. Reduced chance of developing type 2 diabetes
  3. Better weight management
  4. Improved liver function
  5. Potentially lower risk of certain cancers
  6. Better bone and joint health
  7. Improved mental clarity and cognitive function


Reducing sugar in your diet isn’t just about losing weight. It’s about feeling better, looking younger, and staying healthier. While it might be challenging at first, the benefits are worth it. Remember, a little less sugar can lead to a much sweeter life!

By making small changes in your diet and being aware of hidden sugars, you can significantly improve your health and well-being. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making major changes to your diet, especially if you have existing health conditions.

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Lick the Sugar Habit By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.