Sugar has become the biggest cause of obesity
Sugar has become the biggest cause of obesity and this is a point of concern due to its high consumption rate and ignorance from individuals. Now more than ever, the science on appetite control hormones has exemplary been done and it tells the real story of why and how we get fat. Sugar, an appetite-hormone disruptor and a sweet poison in the long run is the real culprit.
When we eat fat and protein, our gut releases a hormone that tells us to stop eating when we’ve had enough the same with our pancreas when we eat carbohydrates. However, one carbohydrate, fructose, doesn’t trigger the appetite control switch. Half of sugar is made up of fructose so everything that contains sugar contains fructose. So not only does our body just ignore the fructose but the liver is also very blindly efficient at converting it to fat.
Before you even finish that fruit juice or flavoured yoghurt, the fructose in the first mouthful will be circulating in your bloodstream in the form of fats called triglycerides. And worst of all, researchers have found out that, if you put too much fat in your arteries you mess up the appetite-control system for the foods that do trigger it, such that, when fat flows through our arteries, hormones such as insulin, CCK and leptin, which tells us when to stop eating, no longer work as well as they should. So not only is fructose undetected and turned to fat, it actually increases the amount of other food we can eat.
The science states that sugar contains an appetite-hormone disruptor (fructose). With sugar in our diet, our bodies over time can no longer tell when we’ve had enough calories. Sugar gives our bodies the urge to keep on eating, and we don’t stop until we’re physically restrained by the size of our bellies.
Obesity is a symptom of failure in the balance of hormones that control how much food we eat. This hormone dysfunction causes us to store too much fat in our cells, and since the body isn’t aware the fat is there, it keeps demanding food. Our appetite-control system thinks we’re starving, even while we have more than enough fat packed away. When an obese person restricts the amount of food they eat, they’re not changing the underlying dysfunction in their appetite-control system and the whole time, they will feel like they’re starving to death. No wonder no one can stay on a diet! A diet that asks you, as all diets do, to consume fewer calories by exercising willpower is doomed to failure.
What we need to understand is that fructose is a significant hormone disruptor and damages much more than our waist line, it disrupts important metabolic systems. The result of which we see queues of people awaiting treatment for type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, cancer and dementia, among other chronic diseases.
We can’t cure the powerful hormone disruption caused by fructose with willpower or exercise. But if we stop eating sugar we’ll stop gaining weight. In fact, we’ll start to lose weight dramatically and we’ll do it without being on a diet. We’ll still eat as much as our bodies need of anything we want as long as it doesn’t contain sugar. We won’t feel restricted in any way and in fact we really won’t feel like we’re dieting at all because we aren’t.