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“Added sugar” means sugars and syrups added to foods. Desserts, candy, processed foods, and sodas are filled with added sugar. When you stir a tablespoonful of sugar into your coffee or tea, you are consuming added sugar. ⁣

If you eat a lot of foods with added sugar, the sugar can build up in your bloodstream. There, it attaches to proteins, hormones, and cells and produces ‘advanced glycated end products’ (AGEs). AGEs make your tissues stiffen and lose elasticity and can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and other organs. Point: added sugar ages you faster. ⁣sugar cubes with loose sugar
It’s also bad for health. When sugar is found in natural foods and plants (such as fruit), it comes packaged with all the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes needed for its complete digestion. But when it’s sitting in your sugar bowl or added to your food, it has no nutritional value. Your body actually has to tap into its valuable storehouse of nutrients in order to process it. So, sugar literally robs your body of nutrients it otherwise really needs to stay healthy. ⁣

For this reason, sugar is considered an immune system depressor. Added sugar is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It’s also addictive. ⁣

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