Your Breakfast Is Hurting Your Sex Life — Refined Sugar 101
Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s latest podcast came at the right time.
In my endeavor to teach personal finance, one of my goals is to get in shape without paying for a gym.
So far, so good! Going on a diet was easier than I thought. Except for one thing: chocolate.
“That’s ok!” I thought. “Just add it to my cheat day and eat it once a week, right?”
Not so fast.
The negative consequences of eating refined sugar are mind-boggling. If you listen to the podcast, you’ll see what I mean.
Don’t have time to listen? I gotchu. Below, I’ve written a “layman” summary of the podcast.
This helps me remember the key points (and hopefully, it will teach you something new).
A Can of Coke
Forget breakfast for now (although inhaling gallons of orange juice and maple syrup doesn’t help). You don’t even have to go that far for self-sabotage.
All it takes is a can of coke.
So, what’s likely to happen when you drink 12oz (roughly a can) of a sugar sweetened beverage — soda, lemonade or tea (yes, tea!) — per day?
- Researchers show that, in 2010, it may have contributed to nearly 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 40,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, and 6,450 deaths from cancer.
- You’ll have a 46% higher risk of developing pre-diabetes compared to those who drink fewer, or none.
But wait! There’s more.
- Men: You could triple your risk of prostate cancer.
- Women: You could double your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Refined sugar increases DNA damage and inflammation. Both of which lead to cancer.
- You could reduce your lifespan by 4½ years.
- You’ll experience a 60–100% increase in a biomarker of inflammation called C-Reactive Protein (which is bad because it is now believed that successful suppression in inflammation through lifestyle may be the most important driver of successful longevity).
- Men: You’ll experience a 25% drop in testosterone up to 2 hours immediately after consuming sugar (as you may have guessed, this created the “WTF!!!” moment that led me to write what you are now reading… Ahh, incentives!).
- You could experience memory problems and brain inflammation.
- Long-term sugar intake can change the structure of a type of nerve cell. Those changes are very similar to changes caused by powerful drugs like amphetamine, cocaine, and nicotine.
- When you have higher than normal levels of blood sugar, certain parts of your brain begin to atrophy and shrink.
- After traumatic brain injury, high fructose corn syrup could impair your brain’s ability to repair itself.
- Consuming sugar increases dopamine and activates the brain’s reward pathway (this is similar to nicotine, cocaine, and morphine). Which explains why so many people have a hard time quitting cold-turkey (ehem… Myself included).
Do I Have Your Attention?
Now that I’ve whacked you with a stick, here’s some carrots:
- If you replace sugar sweetened beverages with water, unsweetened coffee, or tea, your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes drops by 25%!
- If you eat a diet with no sugar for just 9 days, your fasting blood sugar levels decrease by 5 points, your insulin levels drop by ⅓, and your cholesterol and blood pressure levels improve.
How long will it take you to get over your withdrawal?
Research shows that it takes 3 months on average for the dopamine drop to return to normal after quitting.
What should you eat instead?
Fruits like fresh strawberries, blueberries, or apples (Personally, I’m going to pack my fridge with delicious bananas, Jesse Itzler style).
Note: For those who want all the sciency stuff, check out the original source, Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s podcast.
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