What effect does eating sugar have on body fat?
Jorge Cruise
Consuming sugar and refined carbs affects one of the most critical hormones in your body: insulin. Insulin is produced by your pancreas to manage your blood sugar and control the accumulation of fat -- especially around your waistline. According to Nobel prize-winning physicist Rosalyn Yalow, co-inventor of the first accurate test used to measure insulin in the bloodstream, insulin is the “the primary regulator of fat tissue.” Increased levels of insulin will make you fat and make sure you stay fat.

Research published in The European Molecular Biology Organization Journal determined that insulin is probably the most important hormonal factor influencing the creation of fat, or what is scientifically called lipogenesis.

While sugar drives up insulin production, it fails to trigger another hormone in your body that helps control appetite: leptin. Without enough leptin, your “signaling center” breaks down, and you quickly end up with a traffic jam of food in your body ready to get stored as fat. Where this fat gets deposited depends on your genetics, but most of us start storing it in our midsection. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that foods sweetened with fructose, sucrose, glucose and high-fructose corn syrup all have the same effect on leptin -- they fail to produce it. Another study done at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), discovered the same about lactose (milk sugar).
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