Our body needs sugars and if consumed in small amounts should not be worried. However, if you like sweets and processed foods that contain large amounts of sugar, you should know the following.
The Swedish Health Organization recommends 5% of the daily intake of calories from sugars, not 13% as is the average calorie intake of sugar. Excessive amounts of sugar will not only affect the heart and the digestive system and the brain as well.
- Reduces memory and learning ability
in a study by researchers at UCLA in 2012 it suggests that a diet high in sugar literally reduces brain functions. Sugar reduces synaptic activity in the brain, which means that communication between cells is reduced. Improving communication between cells means a better memory. High intake of sugars results in the development of insulin resistance, which also affects the brain.
- Encourages fatigue and depression
rich in sugar and low carbohydrate foods affect our mood. Sugar stimulates the release of serotonin in the brain known as the hormone of happiness. Excessive release of this hormone can contribute to the development of depression. The high level of sugar is associated with inflammatory processes of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can also be a cause of depression. They are particularly susceptible to adolescents.
- Increased blood sugar is a risk of dementia
Many studies show that there is a relationship between sugar and development Alzheimer disease. 2013 study revealed that the level of blood glucose is related to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Some researchers even believe that this disease is actually the type 3 diabetes.