July 8, 2019 by Adapt Your Life

What happens when we eat sugar? – Glen Finkel

In this day and age, many of us are aware that sugar is bad for us, but few people understand the real dangers that sugar poses to our health. If you want to know more about sugar and how it affects our bodies.

The blood sugar question

If we took ten people from the population and drained all the blood in their bodies, and from that blood, we extracted all the sugar, how much sugar do you think we’d get out of each person’s blood at most? This is a common question posed by Adapt Your Life to individuals interested in a low-carb diet or those simply wanting to know more about the dangers of sugar. Most people may think the answer would be as much as one or even two glassfuls. But the real answer is far more surprising than that. There’s only one teaspoon of sugar that can be found in our blood or 7g at most.

Insulin spikes to stabilize your blood sugar

It’s clear to see that our body strikes quite a delicate balance when it comes to the amount of sugar that we carry in the bloodstream, but our bodies have also become very good at being able to handle larger sugar loads. Take something as benign as a banana, it’s got roughly 28g of carbs. We don’t necessarily see that as being harmful to us in any way and perhaps for some people, it really isn’t, however, for others who may be battling metabolic syndrome or weight loss issues, it could be.

You could essentially view a banana’s 28g of carbs as 28g of sugar, which poses a problem as our bloodstream only has between 5g and 7g of sugar. The banana offers us around about 4 times the load of sugar that’s currently in our body, so how does our body deal with this? In order to handle all the excess sugar coming into the body, the pancreas will need to produce insulin so that it can deal with the extra sugar load. If the pancreas didn’t do that, you’d end up going into a sugar coma.

Think twice before you take your next bite

Next time you take a bite out of a banana, eat high carb foods or foods with a lot of sugar in it, be mindful of the fact that your body only has between 5g and 7g of sugar, so when you do that, you’re essentially making your pancreas work hard to excrete all of that insulin just so it can cope with the excess sugar intake. Following a low-carb diet plan is a far better choice and your body will thank you for it.