Tag Archives: effects of sugar

Healthy Lifestyle and Still Can’t Lose Weight? Here’s Why

As obesity levels and heart disease began to rise in the ‘70s, food manufacturers convinced us that it was the fat in food that was responsible. They weren’t wrong either and this sparked the tsunami of fat-free or low-fat products we still enjoy today. Trouble is; when you take the fat out of food, you take out the taste too. Bland isn’t exactly appealing, even if it is fat free! To compensate, manufacturers turned to sugar and corn syrup to add the flavor punch that makes products appealing. Continue reading

How Sugar Affects your Brain

We’ve all pulled those all-nighters where you’re cramming for an exam or working on that big presentation, and the only thing that gets you through is an endless supply of sweet coffee and gummy bears. Trouble is; the more sugar you consume, the worse you get at remembering new information and coming up with your signature brilliant ideas.

According to David DiSalvo from Forbes Magazine: “Research indicates that a diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a brain chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Without BDNF, our brains can’t form new memories and we can’t learn (or remember) much of anything… Research has also linked low BDNF levels to depression and dementia.” That means the more sugar you eat, the less you remember, and so all those gummy bears are definitely not going to help you remember the finer points of that sales presentation.
Continue reading