Are the dangers of sugar real or is this just a myth and are sugar substitutes just as bad?
The answers to these questions may surprise you as the answer to the first question, especially as we age, is a definitive yes if you do not control it.
However, according to the Mayo Clinic, the answer to the question is there a danger of sugar substitute is a no and the reasons may surprise you.
Our bodies need sugar in order for it to function properly, but there are certain types of sugar that can be very harmful to our bodies, especially as we age.
Because of this, it is very helpful to understand the different types of sugar.
There are three different types of carbohydrates in our daily diet and all of them consist of some type of sugar. They are as follows:
The simple sugars only have one, and in some cases, two actual molecules of sugar. This includes lactose, sucrose, and fructose.
Fiber and starch on the other hand are much more complex in nature and have for 4-5 to literally hundreds of sugar molecules.
Once you eat food and digest it, all forms of simple sugars and most starches will break down into very small singular molecules of glucose.
However, because there are more molecules in starch, it takes longer to enter your bloodstream to convert into energy.
But here is the kicker that can be confusing.
Simple sugar can cause your blood sugar to spike because it breaks down so quick, and because of this, simple sugar is classified as bad sugar.
However, not all simple sugar is bad for you as it will all depend on where it comes from. To simplify it, this means it is from a natural source or is it added; that is the key.
What you need to prevent is the added source.
Here are some examples of natural sources of simple sugar that is considered good for you.
All of these are considered simple sugars and are good for the following reason; the presence of fiber.
Not only do these natural sources of simple sugar contain several different nutrients including minerals and vitamins, they also contain protein and fiber.
The dangers of sugar in this form are dramatically reduced all because of fiber.
As we walk through this aging process we hear more and more about the benefits of fiber in our diet and this is one of the major, although little known, reasons.
OK, so what exactly does fiber in these forms of simple sugar do?
It slows down the absorption of sugar into our blood stream. Because of this, it also moderates the impact of our blood sugar levels which is critical.
However, when you add sugar to anything you are cooking in the raw form, the dangers of sugar, even simple sugar, just got very, very real.
It is dangerous to all age groups and as we get older we are more subject to several different conditions, and this is one of them.
Not only does bad sugar put weight on us, it also places us at risk for both type 2 diabetes as well as potential heart complications.
However, the dangers of sugar do not have to be totally fabricated and overblown like we hear in the media and read all over the internet.
Sugar is essential for us but just remember that a little bit goes along way.
Here is an example of some of the scare tactics you will see on some websites
Here is my point.
A lot of that is correct, but anything you do in excess can do damage to our bodies and the dangers of sugar, in excess, is not different.
If you are drinking 2 to 3 sodas a day, you are heading for real problems.
But as we age I will go back to the adage “Age is Wisdom”. Sugar is still essential, we just need to eliminate or control the bad kind that sugar that damages our bodies.
Guidelines for the American Heart Association put it in the best and simplistic form.
They recommend that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added or bad sugar daily and men consume no more than 9 teaspoons.
Now, with that said, 1 (one) soda of any kind has the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of the dangers of sugar in the bad form. If you are still drinking soda you can do the math.
The key is to modify your diet and eliminate as much bad sugar as you can and drink water instead.
OK, so what about the dangers of substitutes?
These substitutes are found everywhere today from chewing gum, jellies, baked goods of all kinds, candy, fruit juice as well as yogurt and ice cream.
And we all know they have been in soda for a long, long time.
There are several different brands that are made from several different sugar alcohols and natural sweeteners.
These artificial substitutes are considered to be “synthetic sugar substitutes” and are derived from natural substances including herbs as well as sugar.
The idea and reports that the dangers of sugar substitutes are as dangerous as the bad kind of simple sugar is simply not true.
According to the National Cancer Institute and the May Clinic, there is still to this day no proven medical evidence that they can cause cancer of any other major health concern.
If someone suggests otherwise, ask them for the documentation and proof.
The dangers of sugar are real especially as we age, but all that you need to do is avoid the bad form of simple sugar.
The benefits of a substitute are weight control and having a sweetener if you have diabetes.
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