The most important thing we need to know about sugar is that at the end of the day, sugar is sugar! It’s better to focus on what is our relationship with sugar is and to understand how we feel and react when we consume sugar.
In this episode, I talk with Emilie Hebert, founder of the food blog Emilie Eats and The Food Blog Academy and dietetic intern. We discuss the truth about sugar for the average consumer, how our body metabolizes sugar and how it is more important to examine our relationship with sugar than to worry about the type of sugar we are eating.
The Hype of Sugar in our Culture
As Emily, explains it is like a bad game of telephone. The hype of sugar started as a concern as to whether we are consuming too much sugar in our diet…but then overtime it morphed into a spiral of refined sugar free is better and natural sugar has nutrients that are good for us.
Emily is here to debunk these myths and points out that our body metabolizes all sure the same way. So whether it is white table sugar, ‘all natural’ maple sugar or honey – our body responds the same because for the most part all sugars are made of a ratio of 50/50 glucose and fructose and they all cross metabolize in our body the same way.
Why You Should Focus on Blood Sugar Levels
Rather than focus on the type of sugar, it is more important to understand the effect of sugar when we consume it. Eating sugar on an empty stomach, will cause your blood sugar to rise, which can then lead to a crash and leave you craving more sugar.
Pairing your ‘sugar’ with protein, fiber or fat can help stabilize that rise and crash. Another benefit of pairing your sugar with fiber, fat or protein is that it can reduce the intense cycle of sugar cravings.
New nutrition labels that point out the total sugar and then added sugars can help you discern if the food product may leave you with a crash and burn feeling from too much sugar.
3 Most Important Things to Remember about Sugar
Here are the 3 most important takeaways about sugar:
- Common ‘added’ sugars are all metabolized the same way.
Refined sugar free doesn’t mean anything!
- Reducing your added sugar is a good thing, but don’t eliminate sugar completely.
Life is going to happen and you will eat cake, just pair your sugar with fat, protein or fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even keel rather than spiking!
- Don’t worry about the nutrients of sugar, at the end of the day it is still sugar.
While some sugars may have a trace amount of nutrients, it is not wise to over consume them just for that! At the end of the day, your body responds to sugar as sugar.
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