Sugar: The Scary Side

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Sugar: The scary side 

 

Most of the foods you crave, are sprinkled with sugar and spice (aka additives and flavouring) and everything nice! It makes food taste better.
But, how safe it is to consume it? 

So what is sugar?

Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates. Simple or basic sugar, which is also called monosaccharides, includes;
 
  • Glucose
Glucose is an important energy source. This also a component of many carbohydrates
 
  • Galactose
Galactose is about as sweet as glucose. Before the body uses galactose, it needs to go through a transformation in the liver.
 
  • Fructose
You can find this is a type in many plants. Like galactose, our system converts fructose to glucose before the body can use it.
 
It comes in different form. The simple sugar or monosaccharides are made up of single molecule. Disaccharides, are two simple sugars joined together. The most common sugar we know, which is sucrose or table sugar is one of them.

 

What are the common types of sugar?

Sugar, like starches and fibers are carbohydrates. And, carbohydrates is one of three (3) basic macro-nutrients our body needs. They can be found in a wide range of food.

Sugar: The Scary Side

The common sugars found in food are;

  • Corn Syrup
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Sucrose

What are the cons of excess use?

Our body needs sugar, as it provides energy. However, eating it in moderation is important, since too much intake can hurt your body. Here are some common reasons why sugar may be bad for you.

  1. It can lead to mood swings, fatigue and headaches
  2. It can contribute to cravings
  3. The cravings can begin the cycle of false hunger which can also lead to over-eating
  4. Risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes
  5. It can interfere with your immunity
  6. Chromium deficiency
  7. It can speed up ageing
  8. A possible cause of tooth decay
  9. It can cause chronic diseases
  10. If not eaten in moderation, it may affect cognition
  11. It takes the place of some important nutrients. Taking too much will leave no space for other nutrients the body needs.
  12. If not regulated, it can increase stress

Sugar is harmless in nature, but over-consuming, it can affect your well-being. Always remember that it is very calorie dense. The fact that you can unknowingly consume a certain amount, may put you at risk of too much intake.

 

This does not mean you should not eat anything with it. With that said, we should be mindful with what we are eating or find alternatives to sugary sweets. If you want to know more about it, and how to lessen or even cut your cravings, you can check the “Quit sugar cravings” workbook below;

 

 

Sugar can be confusing, for some people who need to stay away from it. It is a dark “white” cloud in disguise. But it is not impossible to stay away from it. If you are still confused or think that you need help to steer you in the right direction, you can always talk to me. Click the button below and let’s talk about overcoming your cravings!

 

 

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