You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

10 scary things that happen to your body when you eat too much sugar

INSIDER Logo By Joanna Fantozzi of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 11: The INSIDER Summary:Scientists are constantly studying and debating the risks and consequences of a sugar-rich "Western diet."Eating too much sugar is correlated with weight gain and obesity.Scientists have also associated eating too many sweets with increased risk of heart disease.Other effects include skin problems and anxiety. We already know that modern Western diets are loaded with  added sweeteners (even our bread has excess sugar in it). With obesity numbers skyrocketing and the nutritional science community oscillating between sugar, fat, and carbs as the scapegoat du jour, it's hard to know what exactly is safe to eat.  There are alot of myths surrounding the effects sugar has on our health. But even though humans need glucose to survive, it's no secret that the exorbitant amount of sugar found in everyday foods like processed snack foods, canned food, and soft drinks have become too much for our bodies to handle. INSIDER has rounded up 10 of the scariest effects a sugar-rich diet can have on your overall health, with expert input from Dr. Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Rebecca Lee, a registered nurse and founder of  RemediesForMe.com, and Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. who has worked with celebrities like Kim Kardashian.

10 scary things that happen to your body when you eat too much sugar

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Scientists are constantly studying and debating the risks and consequences of a sugar-rich "Western diet."
  • Eating too much sugar is correlated with weight gain and obesity.
  • Scientists have also associated eating too many sweets with increased risk of heart disease.
  • Other effects include skin problems and anxiety.

We already know that modern Western diets are loaded with added sweeteners (even our bread has excess sugar in it). With obesity numbers skyrocketing and the nutritional science community oscillating between sugar, fat, and carbs as the scapegoat du jour, it's hard to know what exactly is safe to eat.

There are alot of myths surrounding the effects sugar has on our health. But even though humans need glucose to survive, it's no secret that the exorbitant amount of sugar found in everyday foods like processed snack foods, canned food, and soft drinks have become too much for our bodies to handle.

INSIDER has rounded up 10 of the scariest effects a sugar-rich diet can have on your overall health, with expert input from Dr. Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Rebecca Lee, a registered nurse and founder of RemediesForMe.com, and Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. who has worked with celebrities like Kim Kardashian.

© Studio KIWI/ Shutterstock

More From INSIDER

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon