What Happens to Your Body When You indulge in That Halloween Candy
by Callum Allan on Oct 31, 2022
It's Halloween season, which for many of us means bags and bags of free candy. And while we all know that too much sugar isn't good for us, we may not know just how bad it is. Here's a breakdown of what happens to your body when you eat too much sugar.
Your blood sugar spikes
Sugar is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, which causes your blood sugar levels to spike. This can lead to feelings of energy and euphoria, followed by a crash. Crashes can leave you feeling irritable, irritable, and depleted of energy. In addition, spikes and crashes can cause cravings for more sugary foods as your body attempts to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
You might get fat
When you consume more calories than you burn, your body stores the excess calories as fat. And since sugar is high in calories but low in nutrients, it's easy to overindulge without realizing it. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which can increase your risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Your skin might suffer
Eating too much sugar can cause inflammation throughout your body, including your skin. Inflammation can lead to acne breakouts and premature ageing. In addition, sugar weakens the collagen in your skin, making it more susceptible to sun damage.
Your liver gets overloaded
Your liver is responsible for breaking down sugars and storing glycogen (a substance that helps maintain blood sugar levels). When you consume large amounts of sugar, your liver becomes overwhelmed and begins turning the sugar into fat. This can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. NAFLD is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Your risk for heart disease increases
In addition to damaging your liver, too much sugar also raises your triglyceride levels (a type of fat found in the blood). High triglyceride levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Sugar also promotes inflammation throughout the body which can damage arteries and lead to heart disease.
You increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body cannot properly process insulin (a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels). When you eat too much sugar, your pancreas pumps out extra insulin to try to keep up with the influx of sugar into your bloodstream. Over time, this can lead to insulin resistance (when cells stop responding properly to insulin), resulting in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure, blindness, and even death if left unchecked. Fortunately, it's preventable by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
So there you have it—that's what happens to your body when you eat too much sugar! As you can see, it's not pretty. So this Halloween (or anytime really), be mindful of how much candy you're eating! Your body will thank you for it later.