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.
The major sources of added sugars are regular soft drinks, sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies and fruit drinks (fruitades and fruit punch); dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened milk); and other grains (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles).
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods.