Even if it was possible you don’t have to completely avoid sugar. Your body changes carbohydrate into glucose (sugar) that is released into the bloodstream, you then release insulin to transport the glucose to your cells’ where it enters through the insulin receptors and gets used for energy and other processes.
Glucose powers everything including your brain, which is why you get dopey if you get too hungry. But glucose and insulin are a balancing act that can be upset by too much sugar and cause nasty stuff like body fat, messed up triglycerides, and insulin resistance.
Cells can become insulin resistant by repeatedly bombarding them with too much insulin and glucose. That is a simplistic explanation, but you can see a better one in the short video to the left.
Watch the entire video because most of the symptoms and results are the same even though Type-2 diabetes is the form that creeps up on adults, while Type-1 almost always appears during childhood.
Sugar occurs naturally in fruits, grains, vegetables, and can even be made from some protein. Natural sugars are akin to table sugar in that they come from living plants. You will notice that some foods, even raw foods, have no “added” sugar but still have a sugar content. This is natural sugar, but still is sugar.
The sugar problem is the sweeteners added to processed foods. Generally these are the cheapest forms of sugar and are chemically manipulated, and they creep up on us because they are added to nearly everything; consider the calories in one block of bubble gum.
When you read the nutritional content on a package, 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoonful. Usually the grams shown are for one serving. If there are five servings and four grams per serving, the package contains five teaspoons of sugar, which basically means 80 calories of little or no nutritional value.
High fructose corn syrup
This stuff gets the baddest rap of all. When you read ingredients you can spot added sugars by words ending in “ose” – dextrose, maltose, sucrose, glucose, etc. But most of the sugar in packaged products is high fructose corn syrup or some variation such as fructose and corn syrup solids.
White table sugar is defined as a disaccharide containing fructose and glucose derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, or other natural sources.
High fructose corn syrup is defined as a common sweetener and preservative made by changing the sugar in cornstarch to fructose. The end product is a combination of fructose and glucose.
Notice that both sugars contain fructose and glucose. They look the same until you start reaching deeper, at which point the differences cause many nutritionists to warn consumers about HFCS. Just enter “high fructose corn syrup dangers” into Google.
Don’t get loco about sugar
Generally I don’t focus on the kind of sugar I eat, because I don’t eat that much sugary stuff anyhow. I keep it to a minimum because the more I eat the worse I look and feel. Besides there is no evidence that even hints at sugar being good for us.
If you start to watch sugar-creep you will see the difference fast and that will make you automatically eat even fewer prepared foods and sugared drinks. That will reduce your HFCS, fat, and salt intake as well and make you look and feel even better. Sounds stupid, but it’s that easy.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data show that consumption of sugar has always exceeded consumption of high fructose corn syrup. But the numbers are scary no matter how you look at them: In 2008 we each consumed 37.8 pounds of HFCS, and 47.2 pounds of sugar. That’s a whopping 85 pounds of sugar. Can anybody really think that’s a good thing?
The fitness, health, and nutrition fields are loaded with conflicting opinions, and so the many opposing views about sugar are to be expected though the negatives vastly outnumber the positives, and it is probably safe to say that nearly every expert will agree with most of the following:
Too much sugar is not good and can be associated with many health issues.
The concern should be dietary sugar of any kind not just HFCS.
Sugar adds calories but nearly zero nutritional value.
Sugar raises insulin levels, which can cause health issues and make you fat.
Obesity promotes high blood pressure, heart issues, Type-2 diabetes, etc.
Any of the preceding conditions can kill you. Avoiding them is infinitely easier than fixing them, but if you are afflicted you can probably undo or improve them before it is too late. Find a longer version of this article here.
Remember to get a complete annual physical. If you think something is wrong, see a doctor ASAP.
The information contained in this article is for education only and not meant to cure, diagnosis, guide treatment, or take the place of your licensed health practitioner.