Sugar: 7 new shocking truths revealed about the sweet poison

sugar toxic health

Is sugar really the new “fat”?

Birthdays, weddings, anniversary, or your promotion– every event is inherently associated with sugary treats. We have unknowingly developed the tendency of celebrating happy occasions with sweet foods.

Sweet treats have a strange way of seducing us with their overly-colorful and attractive decorations. The first bite of these delicious treats gives us a brief glimpse of heaven.

We all love stuffing our faces with huge chunks of pastries. But is sugar really the sweet reward our body deserves?

Well, the answer is, largely and unmistakably, a NO!

It is commonplace to offer sweet treats at festivals and social gatherings.

Nevertheless, there are enough science-backed facts which reveal that with every spoonful of sugar that we consume, we put ourselves through a series of irreversible lifelong implications.

And yes, many of them are similar to how our body would react to lethal substance-abuse (read: alcohol and drugs).

Don’t believe it?

Read these shocking facts about sugar

1. Not so much a sweet-heart

An extra scoop of ice-cream might fill your heart with happiness.

But, it is actually increasing your chances of cardiovascular ailments. Until recently, avoiding fatty and salty stuff was the ultimate mantra for a healthy heart.

But recent research conducted on sugar reveals a whole new ballgame.

Not to mention,eating too much sugar will undoubtedly make you fatter.

People who receive more than 17-20% of their daily calorie intake through sugary items are 38% more likely to die of heart illness.

And this also includes edible items which don’t taste sweet but are still infused with a lot of “added sugars”.  The subsequent build-up of fats and the resulting cholesterol levels are a danger to both the young and elderly alike.

The human body is evolved to safely digest 6-9 teaspoons on a daily basis. But do you know how much an average American consumes sugar throughout the day?

22 teaspoons!

This equals to roughly 250+ empty calories consumed per day. These do nothing but add unhealthy weight to your body, straining your heart beyond safe limits.

2. Sugar and the pot-belly

sugar facts

The best way to define sugar is “a nutrition-less source of carbohydrates and empty calories”.

When we start consuming it on a daily basis, our body doesn’t know what to do with.

Our body starts accumulating glucose in the form of fats. The biggest evidence is the global obesity pandemic.

We are consuming much more amount of sugar than our ancestors did, especially since the past 50 years.

Our obesity rates have grown three times in the last 30 years.

In 2010, 3.4 million fatalities were associated with obesity and over-weight.

Around 13% of the entire adult population comprises of people who have a BMI equal to or more than 30 (that’s 600 million people!). Soon, we will be left with a staggering 1.12 billion obese people inhabiting the planet by 2030.

The silent culprit behind our off-the-charts level of abnormal weight is sugar.

Our food is indiscriminately laced with empty calories.  These are finding a permanent settlement in our bodies. And these added flabs are pulling us closer and closer to lifelong ailments and even death.

3. Sugar tricks your brain

sugar addiction

Leptin is a substance is released into our bodies, indicating that our stomach is fully-fed.

This alerts the brain and we immediately stop consuming more food.

Similarly, when we are hungry, ghrelin is produced in the stomach that tells the brain- it’s time to eat.

Both leptin and ghrelin form a regulatory feedback system that controls our hunger-and-satiation cycles.

Sugar, the sneaky trickster, messes up our with leptin-ghrelin cycle and makes us resistant to them.

This means that even if your body is producing enough leptin, our brains become inert to the leptin alerts (leptin resistance).

Meaning we stop feeling fully-fed.

As a result, we continue eating without any feedback system telling us – it’s time to stop.

Similarly, it throws the ghrelin levels out of whack meaning we feel more hungry, more frequently. The combined effect is that we gain more weight and, as mentioned earlier, pave a path for long-term diseases.

4. The shocking case of Sugar vs. Alcohol

sugar and alcohol

Would you offer your 9-yr old a can of beer on a sweaty afternoon?

Or, a glass of the finest scotch on his/her birthday?

But you won’t bat an eyelid before happily giving them a can of soda to sip on. Or gladly handing them out a bottle of energy drink before soccer practice.

We all are guilty of feeding ourselves and our kids with sweet beverages every now and then without realizing that it is as poisonous, and sometimes even more than alcohol!

Alcohol and fructose have almost similar chemical structure.

When both of these high-calorie drinks are consumed, they impact the liver.They are extremely hepatotoxic (poisonous to the liver). The liver responds by the rapid build-up of visceral fats (fats surrounding organs), resistance to insulin, and slowed metabolism.

The most baffling similarity between alcohol and sugar is that both these substances send our brain in a state of dopamine-rich “buzz”.

As a matter of fact,dopamine is the “feel-good” hormone. Additionally, we start building up higher tolerance levels to both and as a result need more of the substance to achieve the same state of “feel-good high”.

Not to mention,sweetened beverages and alcoholic drinks wreck a similar kind of havoc on our bodies. Both are equally detrimental to health.

The scary part is – one of them is largely controlled, taxed, and prohibited. While the other is freely served at kids birthday parties.

5. Sugar and other drugs

During an experiment to study the effects of sugar in comparison to other lethal drugs, scientists uncovered a terrible truth.

94% of the lab rats employed in the study, preferred sugar-water over cocaine!

That’s right, sugar was scientifically proven to be much more dreadfully addictive than the most dreadfully addictive drug known.

Just like nicotine, heroin, and cocaine, sugar prods the “reward center” in our brains. This means that it  sends our brain and body in a state of upbeat euphoria.

This “high” makes us crave more and more sweet items. We start getting addicted to it. We begin building a tolerance level.

This implies that the more we eat, the more we want. And when we don’t find it, we start showing withdrawal symptoms, strangely similar to those of drug-addicts in a rehab center.

Our collective addiction and obsession with adding pounds of sugar borders eerily close to substance abuse.

6. Yes, these contain sugar too

sugar in your diet

Fancy a nice plateful of pasta for dinner? Or how about a quick protein bar for breakfast?

Sneak in a packet of crackers or frozen yogurt for those hunger pangs?

You might be putting yourself in a great medical risk because each of these is generously doused with added sugars.

Be it cereal bars or your beloved tomato ketchup- almost all packaged and processed food are lethal sources of this toxin.

Why lethal, you ask?

Because manufacturers are cunning enough to disguise sugar with a ton of fancy-sounding aliases.

There are roughly 60 different names by which sugar is mentioned in the list of ingredients.

The most commonly used aliases are agave nectar, rice malt, blackstrap molasses, cane-juice crystals,  corn syrup solids, dextran, diastatic malt powder, malt-syrup, oat syrup, sorghum, treacle and many more.

Moreover,these are extensively found in fortified cereals, frozen dinners, junk food, alcohol, diabetic alternative foods, pasta sauce and even dietary supplements.

Hidden forms and names of sugar have stealthily sneaked into every form of food possible. But, remember – sugar by any other name would be just as catastrophic.

7. Sugar and kids’ health

aliases of sugar

Yes, we know it makes kids grow impatient and tantrum-y.

We are also quite aware of the fact that sweet tasting items are bad news to the dental health of the children.

But did you also know that increased consumption of this substance is slowly killing your child’s natural immunity?

Or that, it is increasing the likelihood of future cardiac issues in your child?

High consumption is directly linked to childhood obesity rates.

If you have been fed with more than required amount of sugar as a child, you are more likely to develop diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension as an adult.

And not during your 60s or 70s, but those can hit as early as during 20s and 30s.

Kids have a natural inclination towards sweet foods that transforms into a deadly addiction in no time. Excessive sugar consumption numbs a child’s taste buds.

They eventually start edging out natural and healthy foods from their diet.

Few more startling discoveries about how it ruins your body…

  • Our body cannot distinguish between commercially-produced honey and sugar.
  • Items which are made “low-fat” have dangerous levels of added sugar to make them palatable.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, irritability, mood-swings, persistent migraines, and even episodes of seizures – all linked to high sugar consumption.
  • An average American adult consumes 22 tsp of sugar per day. A child consumes roughly 32.
  • 74% of processed food contains high levels of sugar.

You needn’t be a rocket scientist to understand that our current lifestyle is deeply invaded by sugar.

But there is a good news.

There are smart ways of gradually moving out of this sugar epidemic. Read more to find out how you can detox your body from sugar.


sugar toxic infographic


Display this infographic on your website




Trending Topics

hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking…
understanding addiction
Addiction explained: An obsession that could cost you your life Is addiction a behavioral disorder? Or is it a chronic disease? How does addiction cause…
paleo keto diet
Paleo vs. Keto: Which diet plan is best suited for your body goals? Is eating like a caveman the right way to go? Can you really eat fats…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders?…
social media adddiction
Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media?…
Isagenix diet
Isagenix Diet: Do you really need liquid meal replacements to lose weight? Isagenix Diet - What are liquid meal replacements and why is the world going ga-ga…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the…
alcohol toxic
7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of…
autoimmune diseases facts
Autoimmune Diseases: Find out if your body is attacking you right now Did you know your body can harm itself? What are autoimmune diseases and why does…
low carb foods spinach
Low carb vegetables: A complete list of what to pick from during a keto diet Is your plate of veggies making you fat? Are all vegetables created equal? Research reveals…
yoga health benefits
How to practice yoga for astounding health benefits Can a 5000-year-old system be the ultimate body healer? Did you know yoga can make…
High Fiber Diet – Fire up your fiber intake for these health benefits! Regular bowels, healthy detox, higher immunity, and guaranteed weight loss - a high fiber diet…
cancer facts
8 hard-hitting truths no one tells you about cancer Did you know that 1.5 million new cases of cancer are reported every year? Can…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing…
Manuka Honey Manuka honey is a specific type of honey produced by honey bees that collect nectar…
waking up tired
10 reasons why you might be waking up tired Do you feel you are not getting enough sleep? Sleep-deprived and frustrated? Read on discover…
anal sex
Anal sex: Tips from experts on how to be kinky yet safe Whether it irks you or stokes your fantasies, anal sex has always been an intriguing…
canola oil cooking
Canola oil: How safe is it to consume this popular cooking oil? Extracted from rapeseeds, Canola oil derives its name from Canadian Oil. Did you know that…
boost immunity tips
Step up your defence: 15 proven tips on how to boost your immunity Want to naturally build up a stronger immunity? Tired of frequent colds and runny nose?You…
dandelion health benefits
Dandelion: Little parachutes of health and wellness for your whole body Dandelions are not just bright looking blossoms that cheer your mind. These are powerpacked with…
maltodextrin sugar
Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many…
Moringa drink
Moringa: This could be the most nutrient-dense food known to us! Moringa is a lush green tree brimming with over 90 essential nutrients required for a…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know…
Pumpkin Seeds: Why pumpkins are more than just for pies! Pumpkins have been long associated with Halloween carvings and delicious pies. But did you know…
antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic Resistance: How common diseases become deadly Can a cold kill you? How important is to get a flu shot? Why do…
cold flu sinus treatment
How to beat the common cold, flu, and sinus infection instantly? Can you guess some of the easiest tricks to treat cold and sinus infections? How…
Keto diet healthy
Keto Diet: Did you know you could eat fats to burn fats? Keto diet - A wonder diet that lets you eat fats and lose weight too!…
chia seeds weight loss
Chia seeds: How to consume this staple Aztec food to get a leaner body Chia seeds: What is the actual reason for its sudden popularity? Why are celebrities swearing…
fitness routine fun
10 fantastic ways to make your fitness routine more fun! Are you too bored to exercise? Do you avoid gym cause it's too monotonous? Looking…
Whole30 diet fad
Whole30 Diet – Why eliminating certain foods just doesn’t cut it Whole30 Diet: Is this the ‘whole’-y grail of a disease-free body? Read more to find…
eating myths debunked
8 ‘healthy eating’ myths you believed until now Is a zero-carb diet really healthy for you? Are organic products worth their cost? Did…
Panera bread steak arugula
Panera Bread: The truth behind this “healthy” restaurant chain What to order and what to avoid when dining at Panera Bread ? Know more…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and…
oral hygiene tips
6 shocking consequences of bad oral hygiene (and how to avoid them) Did you know bad breath is not just turning off, but also harms your body…
Fluoride: An indispensible mineral or a potential toxin ? Fluoride, the main ingredient of toothpaste, has shown a great potential as a cleanser. However,…
Nitric oxide: Why is this heart-healthy supplement every sportsman’s first choice? Once considered a vastly toxic substance, nitric oxide is now deemed to be a great…
castor oil hair
Castor oil : A vitamin-rich oil for shiny locks and healthy bowels Castor oil bestows unlimited benefits, whether you use it for your hair or skin. But…
low fodmap plan
Troubled with IBS? Here’s a complete roadmap to the low FODMAP diet Leaky & inflammatory gut troubling you? No medicine bringing you relief from the pain? Why…
Ketosis bad breath
Ketosis: A potentially dangerous side effect of the popular keto diet? Ketosis occurs when you have too low carb intake. Though it means rapid fat loss,…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and…
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling…
stress adverse effects
Fight, flight, or freeze: 8 ways stress can ruin your body Did you know that stress is in-built in our systems? It helped our ancestors respond…
top 5 deadliest cancers
A sneak peek into the top 5 deadliest cancers and the true nature of their origins Did you know that cancer is the 2nd leading cause of deaths globally? Among the…
Creatine: Is this the right peak athletic-performance supplement for you? Creatine is the amino acid that boosts our energy. Did you know creatine supplements can…
Potassium healthy
Potassium: How only 100 mg a day can dramatically increase your lifespan! The word potassium comes from the process where wood ashes were stored in pots for…
ashwagandha brain
Ashwagandha: The best-kept secret of Ayurveda now revealed! Ashwagandha literally means "smell of horse". Don't get bogged down by that one tiny detail…
CBD oil safe
Cannabidiol benefits: Evaluating the “highs” of CBD Oil The word cannabis paints a picture of addicts. But did you know that CBD oil,…
calories healthy
Calories: How to keep a check on these for faster weight loss Did you know you can burn calories while sleeping? Calorie-burning is what causes weight loss.…
gallbladder diet tomato
Gallbladder surgery :Tips on post-operative care and diet What to eat post a gallbladder surgery? What are the key things to avoid if…
passion fruit juice
Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can…
lifestyle diseases
The Big 5 lifestyle diseases: How your everyday living might be killing you You'd be shocked to know how unhealthy and potentially fatal your everyday routine could be.…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple…
tips for perfect sleep
Stop hitting the snooze button: 8 proven steps to perfect sleep Are you tired of not getting enough sleep? All your efforts for a sound sleep…
occupational hazards types
Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen…
sleep deprivation
Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you…
Healthy pregnancy tips
How to have a healthy pregnancy: Essential tips to remember What to expect when growing a life within you? How important are prenatal vitamins anyway?…
Dragon Fruit – Blessing from Nature’s Basket The dragon fruit is packed with nutrients and yet low on calories and is the…
vital organ diseases
Common diseases that could cripple your vital organs Brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and liver - these vital organs are indeed vital for your…
nutritional yeast bread
Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity ,…
Military diet
Military Diet : Why following a highly restrictive diet is a bad idea Is seiging your calorie intake the right way to attack fats? Read more about Military…
Garlic health benefits cloves
Garlic: Nature’s white pill as an effective home remedy What are the secrets hidden in these tiny white pills? Find out the immense health…
green poop causes
Green poop : What are the reasons and how can you correct it Ever sneak a peek down the toilet only to shockingly find green poop? Why does…
Kale: With more iron than beef, this superfood is the ultimate way to lose weight Checkmate meat-eaters; with kale, vegans now have the ultimate iron-rich superfood as their ally that…