Do Not Overdo

By Dean L. Jones

Undergoing processed sugar binges on a regular basis can create dangerous health complications.  Excessive levels of sugar are toxic to the body as it leads to increase in insulin resistance.  The long-term effect of binging on sugary-filled foodstuff will be a cause for strokes and heart attacks.

The bulk of sugary-filled products also are high in fat, the very root cause of clogged and inflamed blood vessels, not to mention that such items like cookies, ice crème, candy, and the like are also dense in calories.  The excess calories turn into fat, and excess fat leads to obesity and furthers insulin resistance.

A sign of potential harmful binge eating is when you eat large amounts of food in a short period of time without feeling you are able to control your eating.  This is considered compulsive eating and is showing up more and more when you find yourself constantly needing to snack on high calorie foods between meal times.

Binge eating can take place stemming from a number of psychological reasons, where one major reason is depression.  Negative feelings including being stressed, anxious, sad, helpless, guilty or bored can cause some people to eat as a conscious or unconscious way of momentarily blocking out the negative emotion like shame or regret.

Surprisingly, some binge eating occurs in people trying to lose weight through methods such as greatly restricted calorie content or missing meals, which can lead to intense hunger and a feeling to binge on eating junk foodstuff.  Science shows absolute proof on how overeating can lead to diabetes.  That means the body cannot use the hormone insulin correctly, which makes blood sugar levels harder to control.  Over time, this can damage the body’s kidneys, eyes, and heart.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are common with binge eating disorders.  When blood pressure stays too high for a long time, it strains blood vessels, and high cholesterol can clog arteries.  Bear in mind that it is not just the typical snack foodstuff items that are trouble, but also potato based foods and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta and white rice are quickly absorbed carbohydrates.

Quickly absorbed sources of carbohydrate cause our blood glucose levels to rise rapidly and trigger our pancreas to release insulin.  When our blood sugar levels rise to high levels and we do not have sufficient insulin in our blood to cope, it can often cause us to feel both tired and hungry and can therefore make us crave more food which can lead to binge eating.

Another reason for feeling intense hunger after consuming too much quick acting carbohydrates is that once our insulin has caught up, the insulin may bring our blood glucose levels too low which frequently triggers strong feelings of hunger.  Food manufacturers are not selling their products with moderation warnings, so it is necessary to live SugarAlert!
Since 2007, Dean steadfastly shares his understanding on the dangers of eating processed sugar.