20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

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You’ve heard it said before…Sugar is bad for you.

But what does that mean exactly?

The research continues to stack up against our biggest dietary enemy…refined sugar. Processed sugar is the cause of many modern diseases and plays a hefty role in several major health problems including fatty liver disease, obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

  1. Sugar causes tooth decay (1).
  2. Eating excess sugar can cause fatty liver disease (2).
  3. Sugar depletes the body of nutrients and suppresses the immune system (3).
  4. Sugar, not saturated fat, raises cholesterol and causes cardiovascular disease (4, 5, 6). I’m glad they finally cleared this up!
  5. Consuming sugar can cause insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (7).
  6. Sugar can cause mood disorders and depression (8).
  7. Sugar causes inflammation which can lead to disease (9).
  8. Eating sugar causes wrinkles (10).
  9. Sugar is highly addictive, “as addictive as cocaine” (11).
  10. Sugar increases the risk of cancer because it causes metabolic changes (12, 13).
  11. Consuming sugar causes obesity, a leading cause of mortality and chronic disease in the United States (14).
  12. Sugar is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes (15).
  13. Sugar impacts the brain and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease (16).
  14. Eating sugar can cause osteoporosis (17).
  15. Sugar causes high blood pressure (18).
  16. Eating and drinking sugar increases your appetite (19).
  17. Sugar consumption can cause kidney stones (20).
  18. Sugar can cause food allergies and asthma (21).
  19. Dietary sugar produces free radicals and damages DNA (22).
  20. Sugar may contribute to poor eyesight and macular degeneration (23).

If you wonder how much sugar you eat feel free to visit SugarStacks.com which measures common foods people eat in sugar cubes.

The Takeaway

why refined sugar is bad for your health
Fruit is a fiber-filled, healthy alternative to foods high in processed sugars.

Refined sugar is full of empty calories and is highly addictive. Eating it makes you hungrier and increases your risk for an array of diseases, chronic health conditions and mood disorders.

Eating sugar (or not) is a personal choice.

If you want to cut down on your sugar intake but still crave something sweet, try substituting fruit. It’s fiber-rich, packed with antioxidants and is naturally sweet.

If you’re looking for a natural sugar substitute that is actually good for you, I recommend Stevia. You can learn more about it in Stevia Health Benefits, Safety And Inside Information.


What’s your favorite tip for cutting back on sugar? Do you have a favorite low-sugar recipe you’d like to share?

Let me know what you think about sugar below in the comment section!


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  1. I have been working really hard to detox my body from refined sugars. I am like an addict when it comes to sugar!

    1. Nice work, Reesa! That takes hard work and dedication!

      You’re not alone when it comes to sugar addiction. I’ve been there too. It feels good to be free from it though. I hope this helps 🙂

  2. I try to save my sugar for dessert and of course my chai teas. Otherwise I avoid sugar as much as possible. I read labels on all my foods so that I don’t buy things with unnecessary sugars. I also opt for honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or agave in my own recipes.

  3. I’m a huge fan of sweet treats but yes, I agree. Refined Sugar can cause many health problems. We should be disciplined enough.

  4. I QUIT sugar six months ago. I cannot tell you how much better I feel. With that ONE thing alone, I lost 30 pounds. I’m completely cutting out anything that has any -ose ending in the ingredients. I even found sugar in my SALT. Needless to say, I threw it away and bought another brand.

  5. The occasional sweet treat is good and sometimes it can be hard to say no to a slice of delicious cake or cookie but I definitely agree too much is not good and can just make you feel drained and want to eat more.

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