Sugar is one of the most damaging substances that one can ingest – and what’s terrifying about it is that it’s just so abundant in our everyday diet.  This intense addiction to sugar is becoming rampant, not just among adults, but in children as well.
For eg, food contain sugar in  coffee or tea,pastries, cakes, and cookies,even we sprinkle it all over breakfast cereal or oatmeal for added “flavor.”
But that’s not all. It’s also hidden in some beloved “treats” that people consume on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, and ice cream. It also lurks in almost all processed foods, including breads and even in favorite condiments like sauce and ketchup. It’s none other than sugar. Most people view sugary foods as tasty, satisfying, and irresistible treats. But there are three words that can more accurately describe sugar: toxic, addicting, and deadly.
It causes metabolic dysfunction. Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure. It increases your uric acid levels.
Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health:

If your uric acid level is high then it’s clear that you are at risk to the negative health impacts of fructose.

Now that you know the negative impacts refined sugar can have on your body and mind, you’ll want to be more careful about the foods you choose. And the first step is getting educated about where sugar lurks—believe it or not, a food needn’t even taste all that sweet for it to be loaded with sugar. When it comes to convenience and packaged foods, let the ingredients label be your guide, and be aware that just because something boasts that it is low in carbs or a “diet” food, doesn’t mean it’s free of sugar.
Here are some additional dietary tips to remember:

An excellent and easily available substitute for sugar is jaggery which does not contain any chemicals. Similarly, honey, molasses, sugarcane juice, dates are also better substitutes for sugar.
Benefits of Jaggery

  1. Rapid physical growth and strengthening of bones in children after giving them proper proportion of peanuts and jaggery :Calcium is present in jaggery, hence, it is good and beneficial for children; but, it should be eaten in appropriate proportion only. This is because there is a chance of getting infected with worms if eaten in excess. If children are regularly made to eat peanuts and jaggery in appropriate amounts, their growth will be rapid. Bones become strong and body remains healthy.
  2. Consumption of jaggery and roasted gram by women helps in alleviating iron deficiency in them :Normally, it is observed that women suffer from iron deficiency. This is caused by their menstrual cycle. However, if women eat roasted gram with jaggery, this problem gets alleviated and they do not feel any weakness, as the level of haemoglobin increases.
  3. Jaggery is a very good medicine for cardiac problems and an adequate level of haemoglobin is maintained in the blood by eating jaggery :Jaggery has vitamin ‘B’ in greater proportion. This makes it beneficial for mental health. Potassium is good for cardiac ailments. It can be acquired naturally by eating jaggery. This means that jaggery is a good medicine for cardiac ailments. Eating jaggery is good for anaemic patients also the proportion of haemoglobin in blood that is lost due to excessive bleeding is restored by consuming jaggery.

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