Bad Sugar VS Good Sugar, What's The Difference?

How many times have you heard
'sugar is bad for you!'

It has been drummed into us for so long that we now have had a backlash against anything sweet. I guess it is understandable. When you look at something sweet you DO actually assume it has sugar. And then it's a short hop, skip and jump to assume that it is bad for you. Now everything sweet is suspect. But, we've thrown the banana out with the Haribo. If I ask you if a banana is bad for you, you'll probably look at me as though I m nuts. And likewise, if I ask you if sweets are bad for you, you'll definitely look at me as though I m nuts! But to empower yourself to make the right decisions for you and your family, it's important to understand basic facts.

 

Fact 1

Refined vs naturally occurring sugar (commonly known as fructose)

Normally the distinction would be easy to work out. But the waters are muddied by companies adding fructose to cereals, food and even fruit juices - but it's chemically made fructose. [You can taste the difference in products which have that horrid chemical aftertaste in your mouth.] The biggest issue, however, is that for the body, chemical fructose has a similar effect to refined sugar. But naturally occurring fructose is a totally different proposition. I have made and distributed natural, blended fruit juices to thousands of people for years. No-one has ever been on a juice fast and come off it craving sugar this despite the fact that they are solidly fruit juices.

 

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They all report a reduction in sugar cravings and a reboot of the system. Do people worry about it? Yes, they do. They worry that having so much sugar will make them unhealthy. But having done a purely fruit based cleanse; they are shocked to discover that sugar products taste horrid and over sweet. So why is that? Because fructose is naturally occurring and presenting WITH fibre so that the body can make the most use of it.

Fact 2

Processed sugar actually makes you sicker. Naturally occurring, however, makes you healthier. There are studies that show that refined, processed sugar feeds cancer cells. But natural sugar doesn't. The Gerson Institute [a pioneering clinic in natural immune boosting and alternative cancer treatment] actually uses natural fruit juices (with natural fruit sugar obviously) to treat people with cancer and boost their immunity. Juice Cleanses and detoxes have traditionally been made with blended fruit juices. People try to feel safer by requesting vegetable juices, not fruit juices but vegetables also contain sugar i.e. Fructose. And some vegetables contain high sugar content. There is a body of evidence of at least 10 years, showing that people on these cleanses have been helped with everything from chronic fatigue to cancer even.

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Fact 3

How exactly does the body recognise a snack candy bar versus a piece of fruit like a mandarin? This comes from the process of manufacture. So for example, sugar cane is used to make sugar. In its natural format, sugar cane is a fabulous source of iron and trace minerals. When it is put through a refining process, it creates two products - white sugar and molasses.

Blackstrap molasses [unrefined] is a good source of iron and other trace minerals; and white sugar is not good for anything other than sweetening products. Why? Because the refining process strips the raw fruit of almost all of its goodness retaining just the sweet taste.

So this refined white sugar doesn't have the fibre, antioxidants, and vitamins you would get from a mandarin. And it shows when you eat it because its effect on your insulin level is much faster and leads to a sugar high. This is because of the rate at which it is metabolised - instantly. Sugar with fibre [aka fruit] can take up to 7 yours for your body to break down and metabolise. So one leads to fatigue and bouncing, screaming children. And the other leads to a satiated, full tummy. Guess which is which?

Fact 4

Sucrose = Fructose + Glucose and sucrose are bad for you but fructose and glucose are not.

Huh?

A) Table sugar = sucrose.

B) Sucrose occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. But when the fruit or veg is consumed, the enzyme beta-fructosidase separates sucrose into its individual units of glucose and fructose. Both are then used up by the body. The objective of the digestive process is to turn everything you eat into glucose, vitamins and minerals, water (H2O), and carbon dioxide (CO2).

So why is processed sucrose bad for you? Because sucrose immediately becomes glucose, which spikes blood sugar levels and causes the blood to create insulin in order to utilise the glucose and take it into the cell. That starts a cascade of insulin resistance (insulin promotes sugar uptake from blood) which leads to chronic metabolic disease, including diabetes and heart disease.

 

C) The '-OSE' suffice usually indicates a sugar in chemical terms. There are other sugars that occur in nature: Lactose -- milk sugarnFructose -- fruit sugarnMaltose -- a plant sugar usually found in fermenting grain Dextrose -- another name for glucose. And the most famous '-ose' is SUCROSE -- plain old table sugar.

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