May 05, 2022
1 mins read
I find deep passion in discussing both sides of a conflicting issue. I especially enjoy giving the little guy their moment.
This is big one. It might be one of the most controversial topics in the nutrition and diet industry today.
HOW DARE I SUGGEST THAT SUGAR IS ACTUALLY A GOOD THING?!
Here's the deal.
First, when I say sugar, I am referring to more than just table sugar (also known as sucrose). "Sugars" collectively refers to all simple carbohydrates, including monosaccharides like glucose and fructose, and disaccharides like lactose and sucrose.
Sugars are short-chained carbohydrates, made up of either one (mono) or two (di) molecules.
Glucose is an important sugar. You may be familiar with glucose if you or someone you know has diabetes. Glucose is the sugar in your blood, and people with diabetes are unable to regulate this sugar properly. All carbohydrates, when digested, are eventually converted into glucose.
Why is glucose so important? It is the body's preferred source of energy. Without glucose in the body, you would be dead. When you don't eat carbohydrates, your body doesn't have access to glucose for energy, and this is a very bad thing. Because the body relies so much on glucose, it even has several built-in survival mechanisms when there is an absence of glucose (like gluconeogenesis, in which the body breaks down proteins and lipids and converts them to glucose).
Remember when I said that all carbohydrates are eventually converted into glucose? Because of this, you absolutely don't need to go around eating spoonfuls of sugar to provide your body with energy. More complex carbohydrates can get the job done too. However, sources of simple sugars, like candy, gatorade, soda, and cookies can have their time and place. Example: an athlete has been exercising for an hour and has used up all of the the body's stored glucose and needs something that is rapidly digested to help sustain them.
The point? Sugar is important. It has a purpose, and shouldn't be villainized.
Sugar also doesn't make you fat. Too many calories make you fat.