What do candy, ketchup, salad dressing, peanut butter, protein bars, and breakfast cereal have in common today…added sugar!
Sugar is used in processed foods to sweeten, preserve, and improve sales of processed food products (1).
A high-sugar diet impacts hormones
When we consume sugar, whether from added sugars, refined carbohydrates like white bread, bagels, rice, pasta, and fruit juice, or high-glycemic carbs (like potatoes and rice crackers), our pancreas excretes the hormone insulin into the bloodstream to “shuttle” that sugar into our cells for use or storage (7). When we constantly eat sugary foods like those mentioned above, sugar-spikes occur that encourage the pancreas to excrete more insulin into the bloodstream, which can lead to insulin resistance over time. Insulin resistance leads to chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension (