Dr Oz did a segment called The #1 Food Dr Oz Wants Out Of Your House: Sugar. Did you know that a very harmful substance is found in just about every kitchen in America – it is sugar. Eating too much sugar can put you at a major risk for High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Liver Disease, and Insulin Resistance. This is why sugar is #1 on Doctor Oz’s most wanted list. Americans eat over one pound of sugar every week on average, which is more than triple the amount that the American Heart Association recommends. Sugar effects more than just Diabetes; it may damage your liver in a similar way to the alcohol. Dr Oz was joined by Dr Alan Greene, author of Feeding Baby Green, and Dr Miriam Vos from Emory University.
Dr Oz: Sugar Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure
Dr Oz said that the first risk of eating too much sugar is an increase in your blood pressure. There has been research done in this area that links eating excess sugar to having High Blood Pressure. In animals, you see their blood pressure go up when you give them sugar. If you take away just one can of soda a day from a person, you will see your blood pressure go down. In fact, a study was done that showed if you give someone 74 grams of fructose, they have a 77% increase in their risk for high blood pressure.
Dr Oz asked if sugar is a bigger problem than salt for blood pressure? And the answer is that potentially, yes it is. Dr Oz also asked how much sugar is too much? The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 tsp of sugar per day (100 calories). However, just one can of soda often has 9 tsp of sugar or more in it. Dr Oz said that on average, Americans eat 22 tsp of sugar per day, which is 7.5 pounds of sugar per month, and that is 2-3 times more than is recommended.
Dr Oz: Sugar Increases Risk of High Cholesterol
Dr Oz said that the second danger of sugar is that it increases your risk for high cholesterol. Studies have found that people who eat more sugar have a higher LDL (Lousy Cholesterol) number and a lower HDL (Healthy Cholesterol) number. Sugar is converted into triglycerides which is converted into omentum fat, which is the biggest cause of cholesterol. The extra sugar gets processed by your liver and everything extra gets converted into fat. After just a single meal, your triglycerides shoot up.
Dr Oz said that as you metabolize food in your liver, you get lots of particles in your blood stream and your body combines it with fat. So the sugar becomes a syrup that coats the inside of your arteries, makes bad cholesterol, and creates many other health problems.
Dr Oz: Sugar Increases Risk of Liver Disease
Dr Oz said that the third danger of sugar is that it increases your risk of Liver Disease. Alcohol Abuse is the most common thing that we think of when we think about Liver Disease. However, scientists have found that sugar exacerbates Fatty Liver Disease. The sugar stimulates production of triglycerides in your liver. Dr Miriam Vos said there are clearly some similarities between how your liver handles alcohol and sugar – both are carbs and both stimulate belly fat. Sugar may be the #1 cause of Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease. You can think of it as causing stretch marks on your liver. Researchers think that other abuse, like Sugar Abuse, can cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Livery Cirrhosis.
Dr Oz: Sugar Increases Risk of Insulin Resistance
Dr Oz said that the fourth danger of sugar is that it can increase your risk of Insulin Resistance. Insulin is the main director of metabolism in your body. If your sugar spikes too often, the cells lose sensitivity to the insulin and the average amount of sugar in your blood goes up. If the sugar in your blood goes up too much, that is called Diabetes. Insulin opens cells to allow sugar to go inside to help make things you need to live. When you become Insulin Resistant, the insulin can’t open the cells and so the sugar falls back into the blood and becomes like sharp glass shards that scratch up the lining of your arteries. Dr Miriam Vos said that Insulin Resistance can lead to increased weight gain, belly fat, triglycerides in your blood, as well as Diabetes.
The take away message from Dr Oz is to stop eating so much sugar!