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Is white sugar that devastating to the body as it is claimed to be nowadays?
07-23-2012 11:59 AM
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(07-23-2012 11:59 AM)Anderson Wrote:  Is white sugar that devastating to the body as it is claimed to be nowadays?

An excess of sugar is not good for the body regardless. But I think the claim that "white sugar" is bad is somewhat misleading in the fact that the body cannot tell the difference between refined sucrose and sucrose from other sources such as honey. Therefore they have the same effects on the body. Granted unrefined sources may provide other nutrients but this does not alter how the body handles the sucrose.

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07-26-2012 03:49 AM
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I have some books on raw food and they all state that refined sugar causes the body to lose minerals.
08-13-2012 07:01 AM
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(07-23-2012 11:59 AM)Anderson Wrote:  Is white sugar that devastating to the body as it is claimed to be nowadays?

There is a misconception that white sugar is somehow more dangerous that other sugar sources such as honey or raw sugar. Sucrose is sucrose no matter where it comes from, just like fructose is fructose, glucose is glucose... so the effects are still going to be the same on the body.

The differences are that unrefined sources of sugar can contain other nutrients such as mineral and bioflavonoids so they are not just calories and they may contain fiber to slow sugar absorption. The fiber can help blunt sudden rises in blood sugar but it does not block the absorption of sugar.

There are a variety of different sugars varying monosaccharides like glucose and fructose, to disaccharides like sucrose and lactose, to sugar alcohols like sorbitol and mannitol, to polysaccharides like inulin and cellulose. Each of these sugars can have different effects on the body such as glucose or ribose being used as a fuels for cells and cellulose that helps to slow the absorption of simple sugars and feeds the intestinal flora helping to keep us healthy. So it really is not as simple as sugar is good or sugar is bad. It all depends on factors such as the type of sugar, how much is absorbed and how fast it is absorbed.

I can't cover the effects, beneficial or harmful, of each sugar out there but can cover a few of the common sugars that come to mind when people think of sugar.

Sucrose ("table sugar") is what most often comes to mind when people think of the word sugar. Sucrose cannot be used as sucrose but instead is broken down in to glucose and fructose. These can both be used by the body for energy production, but they can create problems in excess. Fructose for example can raise uric acid levels. Elevated glucose interferes with the immune system by reducing white blood cell activity and if elevated long term can lead to neuropathy from demyelination of the nerves as as possibly causing cataracts.

Then of course there is always the calories, which can lead to increased body fat leading to other problems.

Bottom line is that sugar is so essential to the body that even if we avoided it our body's would simply generate its own. But anything in excess can have adverse effects.

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08-16-2012 04:45 AM
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