#116 Bittersweet: Why Sugar Might Not Love You Back

Sugar is all around us. It occurs naturally in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. It’s added to processed foods, like cookies, sodas, cereal, and flavored yogurt. Sweet foods are part of our social lives and are served at celebrations, from birthday parties to weddings. It is integral to life as it provides energy for our cells. But sugar has a bittersweet side, and overconsumption can lead to short-term discomfort and long-term health problems.

Today, I discuss what added sugars to your body, health, and longevity. I explain the difference between naturally occurring sugar and added sugar and which type of sugar you should eat less. I discuss how to make simple changes in your diet and how to read labels at the grocery store. I caution you about the risks of too much sugar in your diet and explain which diseases your diet can put you at increased risk for. I also explain the science behind how too much sugar can cause inflammation and cite several prominent studies to illustrate how damaging sugar can be.


“Not only does added sugar increase your likelihood of gaining weight, it can increase your tendency to store visceral fat.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • The difference between added sugar and naturally occurring sugar
  • When sugar is good for you
  • The adverse effects of too much sugar
  • The impact of sugar overconsumption on your mental health
  • How sugar impacts your brain health
  • Simple ways you can reduce your sugar intake
  • Your recommended sugar intake

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