A Case for Stevia: Sugar’s Link to Obesity and Hypertension
The food industry has long used processed sugar as a major sweetener for producing a variety of food and beverages over the past half-century. This increased sugar intake in many parts of the modern world has been linked to the occurrence of heart diabetes, hypertension, obesity and a number of other diseases in humans.
We are predisposed to love sugar—it is present in newborn babies, and is said to intensify throughout childhood. The proof is in how people have consumed more and more sugar throughout the centuries. In 1776, during the period of the American revolution, the annual sugar consumption per person in Americans was approximately 4 lbs. It had risen to 20 lbs by 1850, and by 1994, it rose to 120 lbs. of sugar consumption per person each year. Sugar is addicting! Here’s an interesting fact to consider before chomping on that sugar laced cake:
“Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. It has 12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms, and absolutely nothing else to offer.” …The chemical formula for cocaine is C17H21NO4. Sugar’s formula again is C12H22O11. For all practical purposes, the difference is that sugar is missing the “N”, or nitrogen atom.”
Various literature suggest that white sugar is to blame for lower immunity levels in the human body, making us susceptible to various illnesses. Processed, refined sugar stresses the liver, especially when one isn’t living an active lifestyle, because fructose that’s supposed to replenish liver glycogen after workouts is converted into fat. Most of this fat is accumulated in the liver and could lead to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
It is also known to increase bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the body, and could be a cause for weight gain, more sugar cravings (sugar addiction is real), sleep regulation problems, and a host of other problems. Refined sugar has empty calories that can’t make you feel full, which encourages eating more.
According to Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines’ (NDAP) website, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends not to go over 100 calories of sugar per day for American women, and not over 150 per day for men. This translates to about 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 teaspoons for men.
Of course, this is most often not the case for many. NDAP confirmed that most of the sugar we consume is from sweets and confectionaries. Unhealthy weight gain is almost always linked to high sugar consumption. Overweight and obese children in particular have a higher risk of having health problems like diabetes 2, high blood pressure, liver disease and respiratory ailments with high sugar intake.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating less sugar to less than 10% of total energy intake. They also suggest to reduce it further to 5% of total energy intake.
Using all-natural, calorie free sweeteners like Stevia is slowly proving to reduce the occurrence of diseases by improving immunity levels, making humans less susceptible to major killers like diabetes, heart attacks, allergies, and many more illnesses that threaten to plague the immune system.
You can make your favorite sweet treats with Leaflife Stevia, ® and satisfy your sugary sweet cravings without the useless, empty calories.
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