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33 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health

Cookies, pies, cakes, pastries – are all plentiful this time of year. Whether it is a part at the office, church or home yummy sweats seem to abound. Of course, this is to be expected as the holidays affords many opportunities to celebrate. The question is what does all this celebrating do to our health.

Have you ever noticed that just after Thanksgiving or Christmas/New Year’s that so many people have runny noses, colds and flus? How did you feel last week after the Thanksgiving weekend? Did you, your wife. friends, co-workers, parents, siblings or children have some sort of a cold?

The immune system isn’t a single organ, it’s actually millions of tiny cells and organisms that help to protect your body. It’s a HUGE system that spans your entire body.

Sugar impacts your white blood cells by competing for space in those cells with Vitamin C. When Linus Pauling did research in the 1970s to find out how the body uses Vitamin C.  He discovered that white blood cells need Vitamin C to destroy bacteria and viruses. Sugar and Vitamin C are similar in their chemical structure. When you eat sugar, it directly competes for space in your immune cells with Vitamin C! The more sugar in your system, the less Vitamin C can get into your white blood cells.

Ok, maybe you know the damaging effects sugar has on the immune system but take a look all the other negative side effects from sugar that can be found in those delicious cookies, pies, cakes and donuts?

  1. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
  2. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.
  3. Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
  4. Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.
  5. Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
  6. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can damage cells and tissues.
  7. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
  8. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  9. Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
  10. Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
  11. Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
  12. Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.
  13. Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer.
  14. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  15. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  16. Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  17. Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
  18. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  19. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  20. Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.
  21. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
  22. Sugar is frequently malabsorbed in patients with functional bowel disease.
  23. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  24. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  25. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  26. Sugar can lead to obesity.
  27. Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  28. Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  29. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  30. Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children.
  31. Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
  32. Sugar can cause gallstones.

How about making a difference at the Christmas parties and dinners this year by bringing desserts that might enhance the immune system rather than something that will contribute to the colds and flus people will experience when January comes around. Click here for some health dessert ideas.

Try making some Christmas Fudge for your next Christmas event. Click here for some other great dessert ideas. Maybe you would like to share one of your favorites here.

Excerpted from Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton, PhD and G.N. Jacobs. Used with permission.


  1. Connie Gesser December 7, 2017

    This is very timely reminder during the time of year of sugary treats are all around us.

    Sugar sure has a detrimental effect on our health.

    It is helpful to have some healthy alternatives.

  2. Wow! I didn’t realize that sugar can cause so many harmful effects to our bodies. This is a wake up call for so many people.

  3. Angela Solomon December 12, 2017

    What a list! this is definitely eye opening to why we DO NOT need to consume sugar!

  4. I’ve become healthy due to insightful articles from you and biblical understandings. I have also become extremely healthy due to fruit smoothies and adding some sugar to sweeten up. I think the world has a greater battle getting off so many other types of food than making this such a threat. It scares me when kids can’t have juice and the sugar craze…

  5. CAROLYN B CALHOUN November 21, 2019

    Sugar can cause tremendous physical problems. None of it is safe. Try some fresh fruit surprises this year. You may be amazed at how many people will welcome the change.

  6. C. Cunningham November 23, 2019

    This is eye-opening…I am definitely changing my habits starting right now! But how can I detox from years of high sugar intake?

    • Melody Hord November 25, 2019

      I spent the first 42 years of my life eating a lot of sugar. Gradually eating less and less and training the palate to not desire so much sweetness is a challenge, but a worthy endeavor. The body does need a certain amount of carbs. I have found that getting them in things like berries, carrots and date/nut balls works well for me. Here is a good webinar: “Less Is Enough”. Hallelujah Diet believes in keeping sweet fruit consumption to about 15% or less of the diet. Non-sweet fruits such as lemons, limes and avocados can be eaten without the worry of over-consuming carbs, which break down into sugar.

  7. Yes, a lot of people do get sick after the holidays. I did not know that white blood cells need Vitamin C to destroy bacteria and viruses. Or that sugar competes for space in the cells with Vitamin C. The more sugar in the body, the less Vitamin C can go into the white blood cells.
    It is helpful to learn some of the reasons why sugar is not good for us.

  8. Annette Whitworth November 30, 2019

    Great news about vitamin C! Usually after the holidays people seem to get sick, this would help them if they could start taking some. I take it and I make sure my grandkids take it too. Now that the holidays is here I will make sure they take the vitamin C. I did not realize that sugar could do so much to our bodies. Thanks again.

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