If you went to your local library, you would be lost in shelves just groaning with diet books, all telling you that you must cut out sugar, carbohydrates, fat, and salt.
Your doctor tells you to cut back on sugar, white flour and processed foods.
The grocery store has aisle after aisle of processed foods hiding bad sugars like high fructose corn syrup. The American F.D.A. in 2018 has required now that labels must show breakdown of all sugars.
You read the labels and are amazed to see that even your healthy yogurt has too much sugar in it. Your whole grain healthy bread is loaded with sugar. Your pasta sauce, orange juice, ketchup, salad dressings list sugar as prime ingredient and sometimes, the sugar is hidden behind another name. You can’t even trust the companies selling you supposedly healthy foods.
But it doesn’t make sense since sugar and carbohydrates are natural products found in nature. Surely, they can’t be bad for you. So, the question is – is it really healthy to stop eating them? How would benefit us to eliminate them completely from our diet?
Top scientists actually study the effects of sugar on the body and they say that there is a simple answer. DR. Stanhope from the research team at the University of California uses the example of a medium sized apple versus a spoonful of table sugar.
The body breaks both down into fructose. The difference is that once the body has done that, the sugar has provided NO VALUE at all. The apple, on the other hand, provides fibre, vitamins, minerals and numerous bioactive components.
A medium apple contains 19 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fibre.
In contrast, 16 oz. of Pepsi contains 55 grams of ADDED sugar and NO fibre.
Interesting point is that sweetened beverages are the # 1 culprits in bad sugar consumption.
What is the overall verdict for sugar and carbohydrates
Don’t kid yourself. Many nutritionists say sugar in moderation is okay. Excess is the issue. And too much sets off the majority of metabolic problems, which cause a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and health issues resulting in cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, obesity and problems with teeth.
DR. Oz says, “There is no sugar-coating the facts. Excess sugar consumption puts your body in danger of many potential fatal conditions.”
Compare Natural sugar and un-natural sugar:
- NATURAL SUGARS: Source is from fruits, milk products and complex carbs.
– Provide NUTRITION and regulate your blood sugar
- ADDED SUGARS: Source is from refined white sugar, brown sugar, honey, syrups and high fructose corn syrups and from simple carbs
– Provides LITTLE nutritional value if at all
– Cause spikes in blood glucose
Benefits of natural sugar and unprocessed carbohydrates in your diet:
- Fuel = Breakdown of sugar results in immediate energy
- Stores Energy = to use later
- Instant mood boost
- Improves thinking skills
- Comes with added nutrients and fibre
- Promotes a healthy digestive system
- Stabilizes your metabolic rate
Those are just a few of the benefits that come from eating natural sugars and unprocessed carbohydrates. So the question is: Should we totally eliminate sugar and carbohydrates from our diet?
Sugar does have a place in your diet and many health and diet experts warn that EXCESS is the issue. And the challenge now is the hidden not natural sugars in processed food. Be consumer smart; learn to read labels for putting the item in your shopping cart.
BALANCE is the magic secret to a healthier life.
- Enjoy your fruit-it is natural and is good for you
- Avoid sugar substitutes and un-natural sugar
- Eat healthy-vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes
- Be balanced and enjoy treats—savour totally
- Don’t stress about dieting – it can make you fat