There’s the friend who’ll never eat fruit for fear it’ll ‘make her fat’, the colleague who’s pushing sweeteners, and the health convert who’s drizzling honey on absolutely everything. It’s time we draw the sugar facts from the fiction…
Step away from these so called innocents! These sugar replacements, eaten in a bid to lose weight, have actually been found to cause inflammation, high blood pressure, changes to healthy gut flora and, you guessed it…weight gain!
Fruit comes with a host of added benefits in the form of vital nutrients and filling fibre – it’s pretty difficult to eat 10 apples in a row! That said, guzzling bottled juices is a problem. Without the fibre, we have empty calories which, through overconsumption, lead to weight gain, obesity and insulin resistance.
Yes, brown sugar may house a few more nutrients than white sugar. Yet brown sugar is simply refined white sugar mixed with molasses. The chemical makeup remains the same, as does the effect on your body. We’re back to fat build up, weight gain, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes...
Honey is a real food that’s been accessible to humans throughout history and, in its natural form, has healing properties. BUT honey, found in your ‘sugar-free’ recipes and coating your granola, comprises about 38% fructose – which the body isn’t as efficient at metabolising. This strains the liver and leads to the same symptoms experienced when over-consuming plain sugar. Have in moderation!
SUGAR IS EITHER BROWN OR WHITE AND GRANULATED
Our definition of what sugar is needs to be expanded; it is not just about this white crystallised stuff! White bread, pastry, pasta and fluffy processed high GL carbs all convert into sugar within minutes of being eaten. And by now you know the effects of overconsumption – more weight gain, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.