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Is ALL sugar bad?


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There are so many 'healthier' or low GI alternatives - but do they all come to the same end?

I need to be rid of sugar - it makes me tired, it makes me get colds, it makes me look older faster, it makes me want more all the time...

I get that a little bit of sugar once in a while isn't bad - but is there any substitute for refined sugar that won't send you into a spiral of destruction?

Have tried agave, raw honey, coconut palm sugar, rice syrup etc - apparently these all have the same effect as white sugar??

Now trying out fake sugars to at least prevent the harmful effects of sugar - xylitol, stevia etc - but apparently these make you fatter??

Yes we all know eating fruit is the best alternative... but a lot of us will testify it just doesn't hit the spot! Until they invent a chocolate bar sweetened with fruit only at least...

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Once you really cut out the sugar, you won't miss it. You'll find that fruit does do the trick! Sugar is sugar, be it white refined, maple syrup or in a banana, the difference is at least in a banana it's accompanied by some nutrients. Maple syrup is said to have some health benefits, but in the grand scheme, it's all just sugar. As far as sweeteners go, stevia is the only one I would recommend. I don't know about the others making you fat, but they certainly aren't good for you. If you can find organic stevia without any additives that some companies like to add, you're set. I buy a brand that's local to me and produces organic, I'm sure there must be something near you.

Very helpful - thank you!

So do you never have sugar yourself?

Is it possible to go out to a restaurant and go to a party and avoid all the sugary things on offer?

I remember one month I cut out all sugar - I had friends' parties/birthday/girly afternoons the whole month through. After the upteenth time you've had to endure the hurt looks from whomever made the cake and the disgusted and bemused looks from everyone else eating the cake around you... I had to give up saying no.

Sugar is addictive. Your body craves it when you eat it all the time. Not just sugar refined carbohydrates: white flour, pasta, rice. If you can change to wholegrain it will not give you the same cravings as white.

I really try to avoid sugar, but do eat some in yogurt. The only sweetener I use is stevia, and that only occasionally in oatmeal.

Try reading some of this

http://www.stumptuous.com/category/eating/how _to_eat

she has good advice that works

Yes, ALL sugar is bad. Agave, honey, palm sugar, syrups... ALL bad.

Stevia on the other hand is HEALTHY and actually calms your blood sugar, thus reducing your risk of getting diabetes.

AVOID sugar. Even high sugar fruits are NOT healthy. Fructose is VERY hard for your liver to process and digest, so much so that if eaten in excess will result in fatty liver.

You should try roasting butternut squash, whoa baby, say goodbye to sugar cravings!

Fructose is not hard for the liver to process. Animals have been digesting fruits for hundreds of thousands (more like millions but I'm under-exaggerating) of years. We are very adept at it.

Also - sugar is NOT just sugar. Not all sugars are equal. Different sugars are processed differently by the body.

What fun is it to never allow yourself to have some sweets? Completely eradicating them from your diet is unnecessary.

I agree that sugar is addictive, and it does not make me feel good to have too much at all. I think I lost the desire for it when I developed anorexia, and since recovery I have eaten healthily, with very limited amounts of sugar (I do not include fruits in this btw!) because when I have eaten biscuits, cakes and other so called treats, although I don't dislike the taste, they just make me feel sick and tired. If I want to sweeten things I have natural sweetness from fruits, or I use a little stevia.

I think that if you wean yourself off it, you won't crave it anymore.

Raw honey is awesome. Fruit is awesome. Too much of anything is bad. Stevia can kiss my behind.
Original Post by giasbash6260:

Yes, ALL sugar is bad. Agave, honey, palm sugar, syrups... ALL bad.

Stevia on the other hand is HEALTHY and actually calms your blood sugar, thus reducing your risk of getting diabetes.

AVOID sugar. Even high sugar fruits are NOT healthy. Fructose is VERY hard for your liver to process and digest, so much so that if eaten in excess will result in fatty liver.

You should try roasting butternut squash, whoa baby, say goodbye to sugar cravings!

This is just not true. Fruit is good for you in all it's forms. The nutrients you get from it far outweigh any other concerns. And digestion of fruit is not hard on your liver - that's an urban myth that is not backed by research of any kind.

Eat fruits and vegetables = all kinds they are good for you in so many ways that I cannot believe anyone still has these ideas.

Original Post by giasbash6260:

Yes, ALL sugar is bad. Agave, honey, palm sugar, syrups... ALL bad.

You should try roasting butternut squash, whoa baby, say goodbye to sugar cravings!

By your logic, even butternut squash is bad, since it has 3 grams of sugar per serving.

Just because you are scared of some foods doesn't mean the rest of us should be.

Original Post by armandounc:

Fructose is not hard for the liver to process. Animals have been digesting fruits for hundreds of thousands (more like millions but I'm under-exaggerating) of years. We are very adept at it.

Also - sugar is NOT just sugar. Not all sugars are equal. Different sugars are processed differently by the body.

What fun is it to never allow yourself to have some sweets? Completely eradicating them from your diet is unnecessary.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar chive/2010/08/27/warning--fructose-feeds-canc er-cells.aspx

http://entropyproduction.blogspot.com/2009/04 /synethesis-of-fat-in-liver.html

http://www.theiflife.com/speed-up-your-metabo lism-fatty-liver-disease/?utm_source=feedburn er&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed% 3A+ModernForager+%28Modern+Forager%29

Bro science for the win.

Sadly none of those are reputable sources.

 

At least not the blogs in themselves.

Original Post by giasbash6260:

Original Post by armandounc:

Fructose is not hard for the liver to process. Animals have been digesting fruits for hundreds of thousands (more like millions but I'm under-exaggerating) of years. We are very adept at it.

Also - sugar is NOT just sugar. Not all sugars are equal. Different sugars are processed differently by the body.

What fun is it to never allow yourself to have some sweets? Completely eradicating them from your diet is unnecessary.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar chive/2010/08/27/warning--fructose-feeds-canc er-cells.aspx

Yes, sugar does feed cancer cells... when you have cancer. If you don't have cancer, there are no cells to feed.

I'm an oncology nurse, and I can tell you that that is not valid science. Any calorie supply will "feed" cancer using that logic. Cancer cannot differentiate between sources of calories. If you are not looking at studies carried out by reputable researchers, you are looking at a website with a hidden agenda. 

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