Day 22. Sugar

In September 2012 on September 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Are you confused about sugar?

There have been a few headline-inspiring articles written about sugar lately, one even proposing that at high levels it should be considered as toxic. What should we believe?

Writers at ABC Health and Wellbeing have put together a well-researched, balanced article to help you out.

To quote nutritionist Rosemary Stanton, the bottom line is that

“to say that sugar is worse calories than other calories is an exaggeration and a distortion of the facts.”

Good scientific evidence shows that:

  • Most people who wage a sudden war against sugar lose weight because they stop eating processed foods, and choose healthier options;
  • Sugar is not inherently toxic – it’s just another form of over-consumed calories;
  • Fructose as part of a balanced diet will not directly create health problems – again, it boils down to whether you’re eating too may calories overall;
  • Eating realistic amounts of sugar does not create an addiction-like profile in your brain;
  • Sugary drinks are a problem. They deliver calories with minimal nutritional value, they don’t fulfill hunger and are linked to reduced bone strength and dental problems.

To say I’m relieved is an understatement. Because while I’ll happily say no to bread and soft drinks, cakes and biscuits are my weakness. Wholemeal, of course…

  1. […] gatherers, or only eat fat & protein, but I’ll tackle those in another post) or that sugar is the root of all evil. None of these however, address the simple fact, that in modern culture, […]

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