Sugar: Myths and Facts
#Sugar can be a sticky subject (pun intended) and it gets a bad wrap! Let's debunk some myths!
All sugar is bad for you.
MYTH! Sugar or more specifically, glucose, is the main source of fuel for the vast majority of energy production within the body. And it is the preferred fuel source by the brain and muscles.
Artificial Sweeteners are better than sugar.
Nope, nope, lots of nope! #Artificialsweeteners are a large range of chemicals that are usually foreign to our body.
Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet): can cause migraines and terrible headaches. It can increase risk of ADHD and has been linked to leukemia
Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low): has been linked to weight gain, increases risk of type 2 diabetes, and causes tumors in rats... so what is it doing to us?
Sucralose (Splenda): spikes insulin levels, linked to weight gain, destroys healthy bacteria in the gut
Acesulfame Potassium (Sweet one): linked to cancer, effects early development of babies in utero, weight gain and appetite interference.
Sugar alcohols such as xylitol and malitol: my cause bloating and GI discomfort due to impact on the microbiome
Sugar is highly addictive.
Sugar can be highly addictive due to what it does in our brains. It lights up our dopamine pathways which is our reward pathway and helps us feel good! So naturally, we want to feel even better so we eat more sugar to get that same rush! This may be some of the underlying cause for overeating and obesity.
Natural sweeteners do not impact your blood sugar.
Honey, agave, maple syrup, cane sugar, brown sugar and molasses all impact your blood sugar. The only exception to the rule is stevia.