Fructose decreases receptor sensitivity for your insulin and leptin causing the body to increase the level of both of these vital hormones, and this is another major factor of premature aging and age-related chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what will happen if you’re eating like the stereotypical American, who consumes a staggering 2.5 pounds of sugar a week on average! That’s the equivalent of 13.5 tablespoons per day, way above the 2 tablespoons that is recommended.
The consumption of sugars has two significant impacts on our health and, if you’re like most people, you’re probably aware of only one of these impacts. The one you are probably aware of is weight gain. If you are putting on belly fat or are diabetic, you certainly know about it. The second lesser known but even more deadly impact is inflammation caused by Advanced Glycation End Products or, as they are termed in the medical industry, AGEs. These AGEs are caused by sugars attaching to the amino acids within the body’s proteins which in turn causes the cells, in which that protein is a critical part, to stop functioning. This in turn causes inflammation which will affect the ability of our body’s systems to function normally.
Before I discuss these two problems in some detail lets first discuss what sugar really is. Few people know the differences between the…
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