Diseases of the Gut
When food passes through the stomach and enters the small intestine, the digestion process becomes more complex. In order to process food, organs such as the liver, gallbladder and pancreas first have to provide certain metabolic products to help the body absorb nutrients from what was eaten. When meals are high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, these organs must work hard to help in the digestive process. The chronic high demand of such diets has been associated with diabetes, pancreatic cancer and fatty liver. Other chronic diseases resulting from this type of diet include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Specific upper gastrointestinal diseases have also been linked to highly processed and sugary diets include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, appendicitis and cholecystitis.