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How Sugar Affects Your Body: Online Tool Reveals Which Organs Are Affected By The Sweet Stuff

It's not pretty.

24/03/2016 09:48 GMT

We all know that sugar is bad for us, yet many of us still eat it - sometimes in large amounts - on a daily basis.

However if you knew exactly what areas of the body sugar affects and which organs it harms, would it change your unhealthy ways?

Sugar can have a myriad of affects on the brain. According to researchers, excessive sugar consumption can exacerbate depression and anxiety by causing energy spikes followed by crashes.

It also messes with the neurotransmitters that help regulate our mood and could contribute towards dementia in later life.

The online tool below from Benenden shows what else happens to the body when you overindulge on sugary snacks and drinks. 

 

 

According to researchers, the sweet substance can also play havoc with the kidneys, digestive system and genitals.

In women, high blood sugar levels have been thought to contribute to recurring bouts of yeast infections such as thrush.

In men, it can be responsible for erectile dysfunction and lack of sex drive.

Meanwhile in children, sugar can affect the heart, bones and immune system. And, of course, it contributes to obesity.

Currently, the recommended daily sugar intake for adults is 30 grams per day, however many people are consuming almost double this amount - the current average daily intake is 58.8 grams.

Still not convinced you need to curb your sugar intake? Try the tool for yourself.

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