MilkshakesOver-indulging your sweet tooth has a price.Studio KIWI/ Shutterstock

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 a lot 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.

We’ve 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.