Every few years a new nutritional villain appears in the city – and now his name is Sugar. Some experts have even called it “poison” and something that “kills”. But is it possible that the sweets, people always ate, are really so terrible?
“We actually need sugar; It is favorite fuel for our body,” said Dr. David Katz, director of IT Research Center for Prevention at Yale. “But we eat it in large quantities.”
The natural sugar, which gives the sweet taste of fruit, some vegetables and milk, is perfectly healthy. It is important not to overdose with sugar that is added during the preparation of food and beverages.
No need to avoid dessert – but the key is to eat strategically.
Some experts have tried to clear up the confusion about this sweet seductress. “Sugar has a role in our diet. After all, what’s the point of being healthy if not to enjoy life?”
Is there some sort of addiction to sugar?
Yes, love for sugar is in our DNA. The researchers found two genes for sweet receptors that can predict whether we will be gourmets.
How much sugar is OK?
Some professional organizations recommend about 24 grams of sugar a day, which is about 6 teaspoons or 100 calories – a little less than one can of soda contains.
Sugar is hidden in unlikely places, from salad dressings to crackers, which can significantly exceed the 24 grams. Read labels; if sweeteners are listed in the first few ingredients (hiding behind the name corn syrup, concentrated fruit juice, agave nectar, fructose, dextrose, syrup etc.) then look for something else with less sugar or without it.
Is it really so bad?
“Sugar is an important part of our lives,” said Dr. Miriam Vos, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Emori, “but excessive amounts can make a chaos in our bodies”. It can cause a build-up of fat in the liver, which causes type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
But, everything is NOT that black.
“There is no need to avoid natural sugar in fruits, vegetables and low-fat or nonfat dairy products,” says Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Natural “packaged” sugars comes with vitamins and minerals, along with water and fiber, which slows down the release of sugars into the bloodstream and prevent a jump of insulin.
Is it OK to use the no-calorie sweeteners?