In my endless attempts to keep refined sugars out of my diet through consciousness, I find this passage in Udo Erasmus’s book, Fats that Heal Fats that Kill, quite helpful:
Refined sugars shorten life span, partly through their tendency to produce fats. They rob our bodies of minerals (especially chromium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc) and vitamins (especially Bs). They prevent mobilization of essential fatty acids from storage. They stress our pancreas and adrenal glands. They produce hard fats and cholesterol that interfere with insulin function, inhibit our immune system, interfere with the transport of vitamin C, feed yeasts (such as candida), feed bacteria that produce acid which dissolves the minerals in our teeth, and cross-link skin proteins causing wrinkling. They also produce free radicals that may escape from confinement and cause random degenerative reactions.
Exclusion of refined sugars from our diet slows aging and lengthens life span.
It’s that simple.