Are Sugar Consumption and Cholesterol Related?

by Staff

Sugar and cholesterolAn article at recently listed nearly 146 health risks caused by sugar. Food allergies, vitamin deficiencies, lack of energy, diabetes any many more serious issues are linked to excessive sugar intake.

It is the effects of sugar on your heart and cholesterol levels that are particularly concerning. Take a look at just a few of the impacts noted in the post:

• Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

• Sugar can increase cholesterol.

• Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

• Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

The startling truth is that sugar is one of the worst things you can put in your body if you are worried about cholesterol.

Why is sugar so bad for you?

It lowers your “good,” HDL cholesterol and raises your “bad,” LDL cholesterol. As LDL levels exceed HDL levels in the blood stream, you become more susceptible to heart diseases like atherosclerosis.

Just as important is the fact that simple sugars are the primary source of high triglycerides. In large numbers, these compounds contribute to a person’s chance of heart attack and stroke.

For these reasons, triglycerides are a triple-whammy threat to your body.

One of the best ways to decrease your sugar intake is to cut soda pop from your diet. Just cut it out entirely. No exceptions.

Many of us chug can after can of this sugar water every day without ever giving thought to what it is doing to our bodies.

And don’t think you can beat the system by switching to diet or sugar free beverages. Artificial sweeteners are worse for your body than actual sugar!

Before you go cutting red meat, eggs and dairy products from your diet, take a good look at your sugar intake. Chances are you can reduce your cholesterol and gain other health benefits simply by lowering the amount of sugar you eat.

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marlene May 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I certainly hope so. All my labs were off track last time I went to the doctor.

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