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10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar Is Bad For You


In the article 10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar Is Bad For you by Kris Gunnars, sugar has numerous adverse effects on the human body. The author's take is that sugar is the worst when added in large amounts in conventional modern foods. Therefore, the author lists ten reasons why sugar is bad to the human body. He notes that added sugar does not have any nutritive value and most importantly it is harmful to the teeth.The added sugar mostly comprises of fructose, a form that is not easily digested by the body. The liver is the main body organ that is actively involved in the breakdown of sugar through the production of bile juice. In this case, since the sugar has high levels of fructose, it can overload the liver. Consequently, when the liver is overloaded with fructose one is likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The non-alcoholic fatty liver disease results in the buildup of fat tissue and causes a wide range of conditions including total liver damage and cirrhosis. Besides, additional sugar in foodstuffs may cause insulin resistance and poor metabolism (Gunnars 1).Poor metabolism and insulin resistance often lead to the development of diabetes in the victim bodies since the body sugar levels are irregular.

On the other hand, too much sugar promotes cancer developmentthrough the growth of cancerous cells in the body organs with fat deposits moreover, the dopamine in sugar results in addiction. Also, the sugar affects the hormone levels in the body and therefore has a fat promoting effect. Furthermore, the weight gain associated with sugar may lead to heart diseases. Surprisingly, it is difficult for consumers of high sugar foods to reduce consumption. The behavior is a result of the dopamine contained in added sugar which causes addiction. The addiction to sugar is common in children than adults, and it's the leading cause of obesity among children. Besides, added sugar raises the levels of cholesterol in the human body and could increase the risk of getting heart-related problems.

Part 1: Analyze each article and then answer questions 1-8below.

  1. Source. What organization sponsors or pays for the Web site? What does this sponsor indicate about the credibility of the site?

Mediavine Food sponsors the website where this article was posted. The sponsor confirms that the website is an official site for journals on medicine and nutrition. However, the website is funded by other affiliate advertising websites.

  1. Author. Who is the author? What qualifications does the author possess? (research this on the internet)

Kris Gunnars is the author of the article. Gunnars has a Bachelor's degree in medicine. Additionally, theauthor is a nutrition researcher who has a passion for evidence-based nutrition which makes him credible for the research.

  1. Timeliness. When this site was first published online? When it was last updated? Are its argument and information still timely?

August 18th, 2016 was the first publication date of the article, but it was later updated on March 28th, 2017

  1. Evidence. Where does the author’s evidence come from? Does the evidence adequately support the author’s claims?

The author's evidence comes from peer-reviewed journal articles and nutrition books. The journal article and books adequately support the author’s claim that sugar is bad for human health. The sources provide lists of the adverse effects of added sugar on the human body.

  1. Bias. Can you detect particular biases of the author? How do the author’s biases affect his or her arguments and conclusions?

The author has a bias towards added sugar. He believes that sugar is the worst ingredient added in a modern diet. Therefore, his bias leads to invalid conclusions such as the estimate of weekly sugar consumption.

  1. References. Are references provided for information given on the site? If so, who considers these references reputable?

The author has given references in the article posted on the website. The texts are peer-reviewed journal articles and nutrition books. The American Psychological Association considers the sources to be reputable.

  1. Links. Are there links to additional information? Do the links work? Is the linked information reliable? Do these links offer further insight into the author’s biases?

The article has links to additional information. The links redirect to other sites with reliable information on the subject which offers further insight into the author’s bias.

  1. Advertising. Is the Web site an advertisement for a product, place, or service? If so, how does this affect the credibility of the site?

The website is strictly an official site with no advertisements. There are no advertisements for products, places or services. It is, therefore, a credible site.

Part 2: After you answer the above questions 1-8 answer the following questions to determine the validity and usefulness of your informatio

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