Do you really need to give up Sugar (from Sanskrit: sharkara) to lead a healthy life? Over the past two decades, sugar has become the perennial punching bag as a catalyst for ageing, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, amongst a host of other diseases. This has prompted experts across the world to advocate a reduction in sugar intake as the way forward.Foods we routinely consume contain two types of sugars – natural and added sugar. Natural sugar includes fructose, glucose and lactose, and can be found in natural produce like fruits and vegetables. Conversely, added sugars are those that are added to processed food as they are manufactured to augment their flavor.

“We need to wean ourselves off. We need to de-sweeten our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple. The food industry has made it into a diet staple because they know when they do you buy more. This is their hook.”

Dr. Robert Lustic, paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, in an interview to The Guardian

But there are those that counter this view.

“Cutting all sugar from your diet would be very difficult to achieve. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products and dairy replacements, eggs, alcohol and nuts all contain sugar, which would leave you with little other than meat and fats to eat – definitely not very healthy.”

Leah Fitzsimmons, biochemist at the University of Birmingham, UK in The Daily Mail

Most nutritionists agree that sugar as a carbohydrate is part and parcel of a healthy diet. Avoid added sugars and consume moderate levels of natural sugar in fruits and grains, and you will be safe.

 

 

 

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