Are Sugar and Alcohol the same ? Here's the Truth
Sugar - a sweet addictive
When I ask people about alcohol most reply that it is harmful, addictive, causes obesity, liver failure, heart attack etc., But what if I say you that even sugar has the same effects as alcohol... So, let me explain.
When I say sugar, you may think of candies, soft drinks, gummy bears, unicorn and so and so. What most people don't realize is that how much an addict they themselves have become to sugar. Sugar is everywhere around us, every food that has carbohydrates have sugar. Fruits and vegetables, grains and dairy all of them have sugar. But since these are natural, they don't have any bad effect on us. On the other hand, artificially processed food has added sugar to increase flavor and shelf life. Sugar is found in foods where you least expect it like soup, bread and even cured meat.
Adult men take in an average of 24 teaspoons of added sugar per day, according to the National Cancer Institute. That's equal to 384 calories. Even that's too much sugar, So how much sugar can I take ? Before that lets understand the dangers of Alcohol and what makes sugar dangerous.
So what makes Alcohol dangers:
Heavy drinking of Alcohol can take a toll on the body. It can cause inflammation of the liver (alcoholic hepatitis) and lead to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), a potentially fatal disease. It can increase blood pressure and damage heart muscle (cardiomyopathy). Heavy alcohol use has also been linked with several cancers: The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research indicate that there is convincing evidence linking alcohol to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, breast, liver, colon, and rectum. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that both the ethanol in alcohol and formaldehyde, a chemical formed from the breakdown of ethanol, are carcinogenic to humans in high amounts.
Let's see how Alcohol is broken down in our body:
Since Ethanol is not needed for any biological process 80% of it is broken down as a toxic substance in the liver and it takes the liver 4 times the effort to process ethanol unlike glucose (Carbohydrate), this is then converted to Acetaldehyde and then Citrate. Acetaldehyde generates ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) which can damage lipid, DNA, RNA, and proteins, which, in theory, contributes to the physiology of aging and even cancer. Citrate is later converted to Acetate which stimulate fat - a lot of fat. These fats are stored in your belly, some in your muscles causing Muscle Insulin Resistance, and some stays in your liver causing Fatty Liver Disease and even worse reacts with ROS to cause Liver Insulin Resistance.
Now let's see what Sugar does to our body:
Sugar (Fructose) enters the liver, it takes it 3 times the effort to process Fructose unlike Glucose and is converted to Glyceraldehyde and gives Citrate which is the same product that we got during Ethanol break down, this is then converted to Acetate just like alcohol and this fat is stored in different places to give us all the diseases that we got during Alcohol consumption. And even worse fructose is converted Xylulose 5 P which creates even more fat and that's not the end it also creates uric acid which raises blood pressure to give us Hypertension too, what else can I say! It's perfect.
What makes Sugar so addictive?
Eating sugar releases opioids and dopamine in our bodies. This is the link between added sugar and addictive behavior. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is a key part of the “reward circuit” associated with addictive behavior.
What about Coconut sugar its natural, right?
Coconut sugar is no miracle, its just as same as normal sugar even if you eat coconut sugar or potato sugar, sugar is sugar nothing is good.
So, what makes added sugar different from natural sugar?
Natural sugar found in fruits and veggies is absorbed less due to fiber. That's right Fiber is the life saver! What really happens is that Fiber slows down the rate at which food is absorbed by the body. This means your body doesn’t need high spikes of insulin. Fiber makes your stomach full unlike a glass of cola.
Can I take sugar along with Fiber?
That's genius but that doesn't really block all the sugar from absorbing. But still eating eating sugar after a meal with good amount of fiber might work.
Now you know that consuming sugar is just as same as consuming alcohol. So, what's should you do? Well it depends, if you are completely giving up sugar that means you just gonna eat those fruits and veggies as most processed food ... Sorry I mean every Processed food contains sugar or if you think you can control your sugar carve, well and good. I wish you all a sugar free life ( I know that's impossible but still give it a go)