Is Sugar Evil?

types of sugars

Let’s take a close look at all things sugar and find out why the love hate relationship.  Sugar and I go way back, there was a time we used to be very close. However, these days you would be hard pressed to find this guy nearby. How come the falling away? Well, for one ever since I cut ties with sugar I have been enjoying better health.

What is the medical community saying about sugar?

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:

Stevia is a virtually calorie-free sweetener that has been used for centuries as a sweetened in South America. It is 200 times sweetener than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol and has the least impact on blood sugar tends to produce much less intestinal distress than other sugar alcohols. It translates as zero carbs and calories. A good brand is swerve.

The Bad:

Unrefined Sugars. We are talking about sucant,turbinado,coconut sugar, organic sugar cane, raw sugars, molasses, fruit juice concentrates, rapadura. These sugars may not be as chemically treated and stripped as white sugars, but our bodies still read them as high on the glycemic index. Which means they still cause sugar insulin spikes and sending us craving for more. Don’t fall for the marketing ploy of terms like “organic” or “natural” there is nothing healthy about these sugars.

A word about honey although this a natural sweetener it still causes a rise in sugar and spikes insulin. It may have some added vitamins and minerals but not enough to justify what a rise of sugar does to our bodies and how it can trigger a sugar binge in many.

The Ugly:

Refined Sugars white cane sugar, known as sucrose, brown sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup. These are the worst offenders with corn syrup being the worse. Corn syrup stresses the liver and increases oxidized fat.

Agave Nectar a highly processed sweetener, high in fructose. Although it does not cause an insulin spike it is too much fructose for the liver to handle so quickly and what it can’t process for fuel it converts to fats and sends off into the bloodstream as triglycerides. High triglycerides translates into heart disease risk. This sweetener has been sold to us as a health food but it’s quite the opposite. Dr. Mercola says, “While agave syrup does have a low-glycemic index, so does antifreeze — that doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”

Artificial Sugar: aspartame, Splenda, Nutra-Sweet, Sweet n Low, are shown to be neurotoxic and can affect the health of your brain.

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