Refined Sugar; Doctors Warn Against Eating Too Many Sweets

Last updated: Nov 10, 2014 at 6:50am

Did you know that eating too many Halloween candies may do more than just expand your waist line and rot your teeth? It could also irritate your intestines and potentially increase your risk of developing various diseases. With the sugar laden holidays fast approaching, remember that those sweet treats may end up causing more health problems than you might have imagined.

Refined Sugar Digestion

GI specialist, Dr. Seema A. Dar, reminds us that food products containing refined sugar , tend to travel slowly through our digestive system. As the digestive process occurs, the refined sugar and fructose found in candy, for instance, passes through the walls of the small intestine. From there, it either gets absorbed by our circulatory system or liver.

Health Risks of Too Much Sugar

Understandably, our digestive and circulatory systems can only effectively process so much of those two things at a time. If we continually indulge by eating whole bags of holiday candy in one sitting, it could overwhelm those systems. That overwhelmed state may cause our bodies to eventually develop the following health problems:

Our San Antonio gastroenterology office specializes in dealing with colon cancer, colorectal cancer, liver problems, and irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, it is not uncommon for Dr. Seema A. Dar to see firsthand the damage caused by consuming too much refined sugar. To speak with our San Antonio GI doctor about this holiday topic further and schedule an appointment to get your family’s digestive systems examined, please contact us today.