Eating too much added sugar can damage your body on a cellular level by causing low levels of harmful inflammation.

Studies have found that people who consume around 40 grams of added sugar per day – roughly the amount in a 12-ounce can of cola (soft drink) or 6 fun-size candy bars – show an increase in inflammatory markers both immediately after consuming it and over time.

Out-of-control inflammation can create health issues that include heart disease, autoimmune issues, allergies, mood disorders, chronic pain, digestive problems, fatigue, insomnia and even cancer.

Avoid added sugars and this “includes starches such as flour, bread, etc“, says Robert Lufkin MD. “Inflammation drives ageing and all major chronic diseases.”