Is Sugar Bad for You?

I’m one of those people who love sugar even though it’s bad for me. My brother is always telling me to stop drinking sodas or sugar because of how bad it is for me. That got me thinking, is it really that bad for me or is it the amount? I mean sugar is a natural product, right?

WHAT IS SUGAR?


So just what is sugar by definition? According to the dictionary sugar is a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, especially sugar cane and sugar beet, consisting essentially of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drink.

In biochemistry it is defined as any of the class of soluble, crystalline, typically sweet-tasting carbohydrates found in living tissues and exemplified by glucose and sucrose. They are pretty much the same. Sucrose is the name for common table sugar and is made up of two molecules, glucose and fructose. It’s the sugar used the most just in different ratios.

IS SUGAR FATTENING?

When doing my research or this article you would not believe the debate over that question. For what I gathered it would appear that it contributes to weight gain but there hasn’t been anything that makes it fattening. So maybe it is what is added with the sugar that causes the weight gain. I’m not sure.

One of the things I did discover is that sugar certainly increases total calorie intake which will make you gain weight. It’s as simple as sugar makes food taste good which will make you want to eat it. Many times you end up eating more than you should this increasing your calorie intake.
There were studies done, such as this one , where the subjects ate high sugar diets but ate less calories than needed and ended up losing weight over the span of 6 weeks. 

So maybe it’s more the total number of calories that you eat as Appleseed to the sugar content. Although that doesn’t doesn’t mean you can eat all the sugar you want. I mean there is still your dental health to worry about.My brother switched to an alternative to sugar. He lost weight to begin with but recently has picked up some weight, he can’t figure out why and I’d be willing to bet that he is eating more calories because he figures the sugar alternative isn’t sugar it’s okay to eat more.

NOT MEDICAL ADVICE

I feel I need to say that I am not a doctor or scientist so please don’t accept this article as fact. I simply shared my thoughts after doing a little research. It doesn’t take me right or wrong when it comes to this. Always discuss your eating habits and thoughts with your doctor before making any big changes. For me I’m much more aware of the sugar I eat. Yes, I still allow myself to have it but I don’t over eat. When I have a day that I do eat two pieces of cake I make sure to cut the other calories that I take in during the day n an effort to help myself.

10 Comments

  1. I, too, have a love of things with sugar. Instead of quitting cold turkey, I have progressively decreased my use of sugar in drinks and foods, which makes it less difficult.

    1. That’s the trick and one we are currently working towards here. Cutting it down and then cutting it out will be so much easier.

  2. Sugar is so addicting! I have a issue with it. Once I have one I need more.

  3. Sugar is my vice. Like your brother I too have been trying sugar alternatives, but of course they can’t really compare! It’s difficult for me to cut it out completely, so for me I focus on moderation.

  4. As Amber said sugar is like an addictive, you have to avoid it completely to get rid of it ( at least added one )

    1. I agree and it has been one of my biggest struggles.

  5. The average diet in the U.S has excess sugar.. it contributes to one of the problems in general health. Too much sugar can’t be good for your brain.

  6. I don’t think it is bad for you. Eat and drink everything in moderation.

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