Hey Sugar, Gimme the Facts.
Here’s the straight scoop on refined and added sugars.
What is meant by refined sugar?
Here are some examples of refined sugars and the source from which they are made.
• Dextrose, otherwise known as corn sugar, is derived synthetically from starch.
• Fructose is derived from fruit
• Maltose comes from malt
• Lactose is a product of milk
• Sucrose is made from beets or cane
No matter the source, these are all still refined sugar, something that isn’t necessary for your diet.
What is meant by added sugar?
Added sugar is the sugar added to the creation of a food product—in other words, a processed foods or drink– while being made. Food manufacturers commonly add both natural sugars (for example, fructose or sucrose) and processed sugars (for example, high-fructose corn syrup) to processed foods and drinks. Furthermore, the sugar even you add to food is also considered added sugar.
Again, added sugar isn’t necessary for one’s diet. In fact, nutrition science is starting to point the finger at added sugar as a key reason our nation is suffering from such a significant obesity epidemic. You should consider added sugar as both unnecessary and unhealthy for your diet.
Sugar is not a food group.
Nope. The fact is, sugar is not a food group. Yes, sugar –in some form–is naturally present in many foods we eat. Regards, it still is not considered part of any food group because, by itself, it contains:
• No enzymes
• No healthy fats
• No nutrients
• No protein
Bottom line, sugar is NOT essential to your diet. Period.
What science says about sugar.
According to Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition, sugar is not food. Dr. Reuben says, “refined white sugar is not food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose, and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. It has 12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms, and absolutely nothing else to offer.”
Given this insight, it’s easy to understand why food scientist now suggest that sugar is addictive. In fact, it has been widely reported that it is four times more addictive than cocaine! Hmmm…No wonder it can be so difficult for some of us to kick the sugar habit.
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