So just what is the truth about sugar? One of the biggest misconceptions is that certain sugars are good for you. Like fruit sugar. That is simply untrue. You need to know the chemical breakdown of each sugar type in order to determine which sugars are ‘okay’ for your health.
All sugars are created equal, right? Sugar is Sugar isn’t it?
The short answer: No.
We all know that there’s no shortage of medical information available to us. Yet, when it comes to nutrition and weight loss, I see so much misinformation. It literally takes an advanced degree in biochemistry to figure out fact from fiction. Part of The Keto Method program goals is to help you truly understand what is going on so that you can make educated decisions–not decisions based upon fallacy or being sucked in by fancy marketing schemes. One of the most prevalent themes in weight loss and overall health is sugar. That flavorful little crystal, when added up over time, is almost entirely responsible for the obesity epidemic, heart disease, many autoimmune diseases, bowel diseases, skin breakouts, premature wrinkles, feeding certain cancers and much more.
Three Takeaways About Sugar That You Should Know
1. There are almost 60 different names for sugar. And guess what? Sugar ends up turning into sugar, which ultimately turns into fat. What does that mean? You already know high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. What about fruit sugar? What about Agave nectar? What about honey? One of the biggest misconceptions is that certain sugars are good for you. That is simply untrue. You need to know the chemical breakdown of each sugar type in order to determine which sugars are ‘okay’ for your health. Beet sugar, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, maltodextrin, malt, rice syrup–the list goes on–are some of the names for ‘bad’ sugar. I bet if you looked at the ingredients at a random food package in your cupboard, at least one of these ingredients are listed. Sugar loves to spread its sweetness everywhere.
2. The average American consumes close to 80 pounds of sugar per year. That’s about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is the equivalent of 66 grams of sugar per day. The recommended amount, per the FDA is 50 grams per day and the World Health Organization recommends 25 grams per day. The truth is, we eat far more sugar than we are aware of. Even when we are consuming ‘healthy grains,’ what we don’t realize (in part thanks to the lack of true information required for nutritional labeling on packages), sugar isn’t listed, but ultimately those grains turn into sugar. In other instances, the ‘sugar’ we consume comes from glucose, while other forms come from fructose (and there is a huge difference).
3. Sugar ignites our brains similar to certain drugs and is often compared to cocaine in terms of how it ‘lights up’ our brain. Yes, you can be addicted to sugar and it’s estimated that 98% of Americans are in fact addicted to sugar. Which brings me to my biggest concern, which is this: if not for us, how is it that we are allowing our children to consume so much sugar? On the current trajectory of our sugar consumption, it’s almost guaranteed that one in three of our children will have diabetes by the age of fifty, if not earlier.