Sugars and Sweeteners May Affect Your Health

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The trouble of eating sweet things is an immediate increase* in weight. Most of us love eating brownies, chocolates and cakes but are always complaining about their increasing* weight. In addition to this, there has been an increase* in the use of artificial sweeteners and sugars which are not healthy for our diet. While some of these artificial sweeteners are hazardous for us, others are low in calories and help in reducing* weight (Fittante, 2006). What is important to know here is that we need glucose for survival which is a type of natural sugar. It is the best source of energy for our body and it keeps our brain powered up. However, our body does not need spoonful of sugars every day for glucose. The food that we eat normally is broken down into glucose and that provides energy to the body. Every food material has a component of glucose in it which is used for energy. Furthermore, the carbohydrates, proteins and fats in our diet are composed of glucose units and when these nutrients are broken down, glucose is released.

Among the main sources of sugar are apples, bananas, honey, pineapples, carrots, beets, yogurt and prune. These are the natural sources of sugar and fiber which are good for our bodies and save us from additional sugar. In addition to this, since these are naturally composed of balanced amount of glucose content, they do not increase* the blood sugar level of our bodies. Hence, it is good to make these things a part of our diet so that we consume good sugars and save ourselves from obesity.

Side Effects

Sugars are good for the body is they are not taken in excess. Obviously, excess of anything is harmful for the body and so is the excess of sugar. As long as you are taking natural sugars in the form of fruits and vegetables, you are going well. When you add additional sugars to your diet, then it becomes problematic. Added sugars increase* the calories in your body and on average; an American adult has 15% of his calories coming from added sugars. The result of this is obesity and an increase* in the waistline.

Sugars are needed to make drinks like coffee and tea tasty and drinkable. Additionally, sodas and energy drinks contain a lot of sugar contain which is not good for the body. Fresh fruit juices are already sweet but people prefer to add artificial sugar to them to make them sweeter. This ends up in an increase* in blood sugar level which opens the gate of many diseases. The benefits of fruit juices are offset by the addition of sugar in it. Not only obesity, many cardiovascular diseases are also a result of high consumption of sugars.

See Also: Lose* Weight Fast by Eliminating Hidden Sugars in Your Diet

Comparison of Sugars and Sweeteners

Comparison of Sugars and Sweeteners

Sugar is the term used for natural sources of sugar whereas sweetener is used for artificial sources of glucose or sugar. A number of studies and researches have been conducted on the impact of the two on our bodies. Different results have been obtained which have been helpful in deciding what is better for the body. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners leave a physiological impact on the body but are not addictive like sugary food. They are less pleasing in taste and hence, they do not create craving for sweet food. On the other hand, sugar has a pleasing effect on the mind and body and this results in craving for more sugary food. It also supports the proper functioning of the brain. However, the artificial sweeteners are extremely sweet in taste and if not used in proper amounts, they can result in eating too much sweet food. Though these sweeteners are low in calories, use in high amount can result in too much intake of sweet stuff which is not good for health. In addition to this, the habit of eating sugary food develops in the childhood. If children are not given sugary food in moderate amount, they will end up eating too much of it when they grow up due to the increased dependence of their bodies on sugar. The result will be obesity and a number of diseases at a very young age. Children will be less responsive in studies, more lazy in classes and less willing to take part in physical activities. Hence, the sugary addiction will result in compromising the health of your child from a very young age. The important thing here is to use balanced amount of sugar in diet and control the sugar content of your child. It is better to eat natural sugar in the form of vegetables and fruits since they provide just the right amount of glucose to the body. Additional sugar in the form of sweeteners is not good for the body and has side effects.

See Also: US Teenagers Habit Changed Due To Installation of Signs Against Sugary Drinks

How to Decrease* Sugar Consumption?

Decrease* sugar consumption

The problem is that we are not aware of the types of sugars available in market which are part of our diet too. The following list provides some sugars which must be avoided.

  • Sucrose
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Nectars
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Dextrose

These are among the many sugar types which are used in processed food. When you go to buy grocery, make sure you read the label of the products (Boland and Moughan, 2013). Products containing multiple types of sugars are containing high sugar content and should be avoided. In addition to this, some artificial sweeteners are also available in the market which must be added in minute amount to food since they are sweeter than sugar.

In short, all of us are sweet tooth and want to eat sugary food once in a while. However, it is good to have a balanced diet and live a healthy life.

References

  • Boland, M. and Moughan, P. (2013). Nutritional Benefits of Kiwifruit. San Diego: Elsevier Science.
  • Fittante, A. (2006). Prevention’s the sugar solution. [Emmaus, Pa.]: Rodale.

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.