Should I quit sugar?
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We often hear that we have to eat less sugar and even quit it. But do you really have to? No you don’t. Here is why!
First, your body needs it to work. It fuels your muscles and keeps your brain active.
Second, there is good sugar and bad sugar. The sugar in fruits and honey (fructose), milk (lactose) and vegetables is not the same as the added sugar contained in biscuits, cereals, sauces, or other processed foods.
So the real question is which sugar should you stop eating? Definitely added sugar. Why? Because it supplies energy in the form of calories and draw on the nutrients from the rest of your diet to be processed by your body.
What are the consequences on your body?
- It raises your insulin level: you stay hungry longer and eat more than you should.
- It causes hyperactivity, especially with children.
- It produces anxiety and stress.
- It lowers your ability to think, plan and remember.
- It weakens your immune system: your ability to fight against bacterial infection is decreased (that’s why I highly recommend you to avoid eating any sugar when you are ill, to recover faster).
- It increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart failure.
- It increases your body weight.
And the fact is that added sugar is everywhere. Indeed, it can be found in bread, sauces, salad dressings, prepared food, yogurts, cereals, sandwiches, dried fruits, bars, pre-dinner biscuits and even fruit beverages. You cannot believe it? Just check the ingredients list on the labels next time you go shopping.
You can find more information in the BBC’s article “The truth about sugar”.
Check our Recipes section, you will find some alternatives with the right kind of sugar. We will be posting more recipes and more tips so stay tuned.