Argumentative essays: Adverse Effects of Sugar-free Junk Food
Sugars are monosaccharides with calories but no nutrients. Too much of sugar in our diets can cause cavities and obesity. Non-sugary foods are frequently made with alternative ingredients to edulcorate them without using sugar. These sweeteners fulfill sugar appetence while reducing sugar intake (Feuer 67).
Sugary food is healthy if only taken in moderation. In fact, any food taken without a controlled measure is harmful to our health. Sugary foods provide more calories to the body which translates to more energy. We will now look at the benefits and dangers of sugar-free junk foods.
Adverse Effects of Sugar-free Junk Food
Sugar-free foods may have some unhealthy side effects. One of the adverse effects of sugar-free junk food is weight gain. Gaining weight is brought about by fewer calories per serving of sugar-free foods as compared to people who eat sugary foods. You may still add weight if the amount what you consume is not checked. Therefore, you should check everything that is included in the diet, for example, if not taken in moderation; sugary foods may still contribute to weight gain.
Sugar-free foods may contain more calories than their regular counterparts. This is because they contain fat, a component which is high in calories. Another side-effect of taking sugar-free junk foods is diarrhea. This is caused by the presence of mannitol or sorbitol. These are used as alternatives for sugar. The discomfort occurs because their absorption by the body is relatively slow (as compared to sugar). Examples of such foods are sugar-free confect. Laxative effect is a characteristic of foods containing these elements. Chronic Disease can be another side-effect of sugar-free foods.
According to MayoClinic.org, taking sugar-free diet soda can cause acute kidney trouble. Though it doesn’t provide any calories, diet soda can cause obesity because it brings about sugar cravings. This is also as a result of choosing foods with high calories. Those who consume more beverages without sugar increase their risks of getting metabolic syndrome as a result of cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Feeble bones can also be a consequence of drinking diet soda frequently. Another non-caloric sugar alternative which is harmful to our bodies is aspartame. This substance has phenylalanine, which is dangerous if consumed by people with PKU (phenylketonuria), since they can’t metabolize it. Some soft drinks like colas may be containing caffeine. Caffeine has its side effects such as nervousness, being restive and problems sleeping. Sugar-free foods do not absolutely mean eating healthy; they could be harmful as well. We should compare nutritional content of all the foods we consume. We cannot completely get rid of sugary foods. Dangers of Sugar in Junk foods
Dangers of Sugar in Junk food
Sugar in junk food can inhibit our immune system and damage our protection against contractable diseases (Feuer 98). Sugar disturbs the relationships of minerals in our bodies, causing copper and chromium insufficiency. It also impedes absorption of magnesium and calcium. Sugar rapidly increases hyperactivity, anxiety, adrenalin, difficulty concentrating and grumpiness in children. Sugar can increase the amount of aggregate cholesterol and triglycerides. Bad cholesterol increases while good cholesterol is reduced. Elasticity of tissues also reduces with an increase in intake of sugar.
Cancer cells feed on sugar. Excess sugars can lead to the development of cancer of the ovaries, rectum, ovaries, gallbladder, prostate, pancreas, biliary tract, lung and stomach. As a result of increased fasting levels of glucose, sugars can lead to reactive hypoglycemia. Sugar can reduce the strength of our eyesight. Sugar can bring cause gastrointestinal tract problems such as indigestion, acidic digestive tract and abnormal absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract (in people suffering from functional bowel disease), augmented risk of exposure to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Barney 45). Sugar can also result to untimely aging. Research has also shown that sugar can lead to alcoholism.
Sugar increases acidity in saliva, amplifying periodontal disease and tooth decay. Sugar is one of the factors that contribute to obesity. Sugar may be a cause of autoimmune illnesses like asthma, arthritis and multiple indurations. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled Sugar provides a conducive environment for growth of yeast infections (Candida Albicans). Sugar induces gallstones. Sugar also causes appendicitis, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Sugar raises insulin and glucose responses in those who use oral contraceptive. It can also give rise to osteoporosis. Sugar can also decrease insulin sensitivity thus causing an unnaturally high level of insulin, finally causing diabetes. It also lowers levels of Vitamin E. Systolic blood pressure increases with an increase in intake of sugar. In children, it causes decreased activity and drowsiness.
It also brings about end products of advanced glycation (AGEs). Protein molecules in the body get damaged in the process. Food allergies can be caused by use of sugar. During pregnancy, sugar causes toxemia. In children, it can lead to eczema. It can cause cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. It can also damage the DNA structure. Sugar may cause nearsightedness and cataracts. It also can be a cause of emphysema. It damages the physiological equilibrium of many body systems. Sugar distorts enzymes functioning. Sugars can enlarge the liver by making its cells multiply through division, thus can bring kidney stones.
Sugars can increases body’s retention of fluid (Smith 12). The lining the capillaries may be comprised by sugar. Tendons may become brittle with increased consumption of sugar. Headaches and migraines may be caused be by sugar. The risk of gout increases with an increased sugar intake. Hormonal imbalances may occur e.g. increase in estrogen (in men).
It is evident that we cannot live without sugary fast foods. Despite having their side-effects, sugary foods have their own benefits as pointed out above. It is how we take it that determines whether it will harm our bodies or not. Sugar is good for our bodies. It is better to have it than take its substitutes whose damages to our bodies are bigger than those of sugar itself.
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