Sugar is everywhere. So ubiquitously intermingled in our lives that it can seem impossible to avoid.
But when you really see how tough sugar can be on your body, we're willing to bet you'll start rethinking some of your food choices.
So what bad things can happen inside your body when that spoonful of sugar goes down? Let's take a look at three of the biggest issues we've found.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That's not something any of us should be taking lightly.
In one important study published in JAMA, researchers found that not only are US adults eating more sugar than they should be, but that there's also a meaningful correlation between this increased sugar intake and heart disease risk.
A little sugar here and there is one thing, but if your diet contains a lot of sugar going unchecked, obesity is a real risk. And obesity has been strongly linked to cancer.
In fact one study published in the Journal of Obesity noted:
The number of cancer cases caused by being obese is estimated to be 20% with the increased risk of malignancies being influenced by diet, weight change, and body fat distribution together with physical activity.
Sugar consumption has also been linked to other cancers, including esophageal cancer.
Some studies have pointed to higher risks of depression with added sugar.
Another study over the course of more than two decades showed men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to become depressed than men who ate less than 40 grams a day. (h/t Healthline)
Speaking of depression, some studies have pointed to the spice saffron as possibly having a positive effect on mild-to-moderate depression. If you wanted to try putting it in your diet it's as simple as buying it and integrating it easily into your recipes.