We all know that life without sugar is impossible, although we all know the bad consequences of using sugar. Sugar is extremely bad for our overall health but it also seriously affects the brain. If you consume sugar in small quantities then you should not be worrying about it, however, if you love sweets, artificial sweeteners, and processed food and if you eat sugar a lot then something serious might happen to you!
World Health Organization recommends that only 5% of the daily calorie intake should be through sugar, not 13% which is the average calorie intake through sugar. High quantities of sugar intake affect the heart, our digestive system and they seriously affect our brain!
Here is what sugar does to your brain:
- It affects the memory and the ability to study – A recent study at UCLA proved that a diet full of sugar literally slows the brain and it affects its ability to function properly. Sugar also slows down the synaptic brain activity, which means that the communication between the brain cells is obstructed. The better the brain cell communication is, the better our memory is. High sugar intake can lead to developing of an insulin resistance which also affects the brain a lot.
- It fosters the exhaustion and depression – Food rich in sugar and poor in carbohydrates can seriously affect our mood. Sugar stimulates the secretion of the serotonin hormone in our brain, also known as the “hormone of happiness”. If the secretion of this hormone is abnormal due to high sugar intake it leads to depression. Teenagers can be affected in this case.
- Increased sugar levels lead to dementia – The more researches are conducted, the more connections are being found between the sugar and the development of the Alzheimer’s disease. A study from February 9, 2015, proved that glucose levels in our body are directly connected to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Some scientists even believe that this disease is actually the type 3 diabetes.