5 Most Common Sugar Myths Debunked

Date December 6, 2017 15:55

So many documentaries, books, articles, and opinions have been released about obesity that it's scary. The question is if sugar is the main culprit, like everybody seems to think.

Sugar consumption is directly associated with obesity as well as several heart and liver diseases. The fact is that there are countless myths and misinformation which makes people believe that eating sugar is basically the same as eating poison. At the end of the day, it's a fact that we need sugar to survive.

We all need sugar, it's what makes us feel energetic,“ declares Dr. Jennifer Haythe, cardiologist at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital of New York.

These are the most common myths about sugar:

1. Some types of sugar are better than others

Surely you've heard that brown sugar is better than white sugar. But the truth is that this is a myth. “Brown sugar, white sugar, honey... they're all the same thing: Glucose. All types of sugar are carbohydrates which are converted to glucose,“ said Dr. Jennifer.

2. Sugar makes kids hyperactive

The notion that sugar makes kids hyperactive is one of the most common myths about sugar. Several scientific studies have determined that there is no connection between eating sugar and hyperactivity. Dr. Mark Wolraich, director of Pediatric Development and Behavior at the University of Oklahoma, concluded that “sugar doesn't affect the behavior of children.

3. Sugar is as addictive as drugs

No evidence exists that sugar acts like a drug,“ commented Dr. Haythe. “You can't get high from sugar.

There are many conflicting studies. One French study, published in 2013, linked sugary foods with an area of the brain which is activated when consuming drugs. That study concluded that sugar can even be more addictive than cocaine.

However, other doctors oppose that study. They argue that those behaviors only appear when one's diet is restricted to just sugars for a certain period of time. When people are free to eat sugar when they want, those addictive properties disappear.

4. Eating a lot of sugar causes diabetes

Both kinds of diabetes are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but a diet high in sugar consumption doesn't directly lead to the disease.

Eating sugar doesn't cause diabetes. It's a more complicated problem involving the pancreas and metabolism," says Dr. Hythe. “When you have diabetes, you don't produce enough insulin. Insulin helps glucose to be absorbed by the blood and liver as the energy it needs.

People are more at risk of developing diabetes when they're overweight, because the excess fat makes the insulin more resistant. This means that high sugar diets do have an indirect effect.

5. Artificial sweeteners are better than sugar

Some artificial sweeteners can be just as harmful as sugar. However, Stevia, Truvia, and aspartame, do have fewer calories than normal sugar.

One study published by the National Library of Medicine showed that saccharine is more addictive than cocaine. Another study found that those, who consume diet soda, were 67% more likely to develop diabetes than those who don't.

So, now you know. There's a lot of information we receive every day, but it's important to dig deeper to find out the truth. Remember that there is nothing better than a balanced diet. Of course, too much of anything is a bad thing.

Source: thisisinsider

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