Simple sugars, after consumption, are absorbed by the digestive tract of the human body and then travel through the blood stream to body cells. There they provide energy and help form proteins, or are stored for future use. The brain and red blood cells can only use glucose for energy. During pregnancy, glucose also helps form cells and produce milk.
A healthy diet that supports productivity includes sugar. Glucose is the body’s primary source of fuel, and it comes from the breakdown of sugar. Sucrose contains a fructose molecule and a glucose molecule. The body splits the molecules apart, and insulin helps transport the glucose to cells where it’s instantly metabolized and converted into energy. Without glucose we wouldn’t have stamina for all of our holiday festivities.
Having said that, eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects. An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar/ diabetic problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.
Here are some benefits of limited sugar consumption for the human body:
Sugar Helps You Store Energy in the body for later usage
Sugar can provide energy beyond the immediate boost. After glucose is converted into energy for immediate use, the body will store some of the glucose as an energy reserve for later. The process is called glycogenesis. Glucose molecules are connected together in what’s known as a glycogen chain. The glycogen chain is broken down in single glucose units whenever there’s no primary source of energy.
What’s great about the glycogenesis process is that it allows us to go extended periods without eating – and there are some days around this time of year where that comes in handy, specially when one has mild fever or does not feel like eating a heavy meal or when one is unable to eat properly. It is now, during such times, that stored sugar in the body becomes helpful by providing the necessary energy to stay good and alive!
It’s worth noting, however, to still be mindful of your intake because when glucose exceeds storage capacity it’s converted into fat.
Sugar Can Provide an Instant Mood Boost
It should come as no surprise that sugar makes us happy. We’re so hardwired to like sugar, two sweet-receptor genes have been discovered that can predict how strong your sweet tooth will be. Regardless of genes, sugar activates the pleasure center of our brain and causes a rush of dopamine. This will produce an immediate, euphoric feeling.
Here again you have to be careful with how much sugar you eat. Too much of a good thing (i.e. sugar) can actually cause the opposite effect.
Naturally Sweet Chocolate Can Improve Thinking Skills
Chocolate is a source of natural sugar, but it also contains other healthy components. Each bite provides a surge of antioxidants along with cocoa flavanols. Researchers have discovered that cocoa flavanols can improve cognitive function, and studies out of Italy have found that it can even improve thinking skills regardless of whether a person has cognitive impairment.
Researchers haven’t pinpointed the exact cause for the sharper thinking skills, but they theorize that cocoa flavanols protect against brain cell damage and help create connections within the brain. For the biggest cognitive boost, stick to minimally-processed dark chocolate, which contains the highest levels of cocoa flavanols. You’ll also get an extra surge of sweetness and flavanols by choosing dark chocolate infused with berries.
Natural Sugar Sources Come With Added Nutrients
When you select natural sources of sugar they usually include healthy nutrients alongside their sweet counterparts. Dairy products, fruits and veggies all provide natural sugars in addition to fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and hydration. You can indulge in all the natural sweets you want without creating unhealthy insulin spikes.
Despite all the benefits, sugar consumption has to be limited or it can do more harm than good. What’s the ONE thing you can do, such that by doing it, would make limiting sugar consumption easier or unnecessary?
How much sugar intake is safe
Ordinary sugar intake for a normal person is about 8 to 10 spoons equivalent of sugar per day ( for 24 hours), and for that type of sugar intake a person has to be non diabetic, non hypertensive, must not be suffering from heart ailments, etc. This ARTICLE is only an immediate advisory mechanism to fight possible viral attacks of any nature MAINLY to BOOST UP your Immune system and fight off cough and colds, even cure your fever which may be due to any sort of infections, by keeping your stamina levels and strength at optimum levels.
Who knows, the DNA structure of ordinary sugar, fructose, glucose, etc. might be able to muffle and block certain viral structures from propagating any further.