Chew on this: More sugar, less sex

November 17, 2007

The average American is sugar-logged, consuming more than 152 pounds of added sugar per year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

A bag of conventional (Domino’s type) store bought granualted sugar weighs 4 lbs. That means the average American is eating 37 bags of it a year!

A bowl of sweetened cereal for breakfast, a cup of fruit yogurt for a snack, and a scoop of sherbet for dessert: You’ve just had more than 20 teaspoons of sugar without opening the sugar jar. Drink a soda and you’ve added another 15 teaspoons.*

Think this is no big deal? Think again. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, dental caries, osteoporosis, and cancer. If that’s not bad enough, a new study just released reveals high levels of fructose and glucose can turn off the gene controlling sex hormone quantities in both men and women.

Simple sugars are metabolized in the liver, with the excess stored as fat. But too much fat synthesis deactivates the SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) gene, causing levels of SHBG protein to plummet. SHBG protein controls the levels of testosterone and estrogen in your body.

Too little SHBG protein means too much testosterone and estrogen, which increases your chances of acne, infertility, polycystic ovaries, uterine cancer, and heart disease.

*According to the World Health Organization, no more than 10 percent of calories should come from added sweeteners. This advice is in line with the long-standing recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid, called for a maximum of 12 teaspoons of sugar (48 grams) in a 2,200-calorie diet, which translates to roughly 9 percent of daily calories.


3 Responses to “Chew on this: More sugar, less sex”

  1. hmmmm,this could be my new excuse!! 😉

  2. Typesetter Says:

    Sorry, but the relationship between SHBG and sex is quite the opposite. SHBG does NOT “control” those levels. SHBG is usually triggered by progesterone, which in turn is naturally produced during pregnacy or artificially introduced with the pill. This hormone simply deactivates testosterone, and thus dletes sexual desire from our lives. A high level of SHBG is highly unwanted, it can cause impotency in men, anorgasmia, vaginal dryiness and painful intercourse in women. Keep the levels of this hormone LOW, unless you want to end up like me, living in perpetual PMS since I had to go on the pill one year ago.

  3. annierichardson Says:

    Thanks for your comment. So sorry to hear about you perpetual PMS. That can be very difficult. One of sources of the article (which I should have cited) is Bottom line is, stay away from refined sugar. It’s not good for anything. Also maintaining correct levels of hormones (which admittedly can be difficult) is also extremely important for well-being. Annie

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