Sugar receives blame for many health problems, but without it, your body would cease to function properly.
Natural sugars – those found in honey, lactose, maple syrup and fruit, for example – come from sources that benefit your diet.
However, the sugars and syrups added during food processing and preparation, called added sugars, are viewed as a detriment to a healthy diet.
Maximizing sugar’s benefits requires balancing the healthier and less wholesome sources.
You’ve seen the news, read the headlines and had that particularly health-conscious friend tell you that you eat too much sugar. Have you?
Even if you’re not part of the percent of Americans who are overweight or obese, you still need to watch your sugar intake.
Did you know that excess sugars convert to fat? That’s a warning sign in the weight-maintenance department as it may also lead to a fatty liver disease (a leading cause of liver transplants) and inflammation, which ups the risk for heart disease.
The health benefits of sugar is much dependent on where you get your sugar from.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Sugar is vital for your brain health – which is the biggest guzzler of the sweet stuff in your body.
- Sugar provides immediate energy. Sucrose consists of molecules of fructose and one molecule of glucose, your body’s primary energy source. The hormone insulin facilitates the uptake of glucose into cells, where it is metabolized into energy for immediate use
- To conserve energy, your body stores excess glucose not needed for energy as a compound called glycogen. Your body then breaks down glycogen into single glucose units for energy when primary sources are not available.
- Most of your sugar intake come in the form of complex carbohydrates, such as those found in grains, starchy vegetables, breads and cereals, which take longer to digest. This results in steadier blood sugar levels and sustained energy. Complex carbohydrates also tend to provide more vitamins and minerals than sources of simple sugars.
Sugar has a place in your diet, but many health and diet experts warn that excess sugar consumption can lead to several serious health complications and diseases.
Did you know that glucose that exists beyond your body’s storage capacity for glycogen is turned into fat. Consistent, excessive sugar intake disrupts your normal eating pattern, causes overeating and leads to obesity.
To decrease your risk for these complications, enjoy foods and drinks with added sugar in moderation and choose complex sugars more often over simple sugars.
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