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Unlearn These Lies About Sugar

By Sara Butler

There are a couple of things that can be said with certainty about sugar. The first is that it tastes pretty darn good. The second is that what you need to know about sugar in order to maintain your health can be pretty confusing. Sure, sugar isn't exactly a food that's healthy for you, but there's a lot of misinformation out there about it. Here are a few lies about sugar you may believe to be true.

Lie No. 1: All Sugar is Bad

Read any article about proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight and one of the things you're likely to read is that you must cut out sugar. But what advice such as that means, without expressly saying it, is that the sugar you really want to cut out is the added sugar.

Added sugar is different from the naturally occurring sugars in foods such as fruit or dairy products. Added sugar is the sugar added to foods in order to help them taste sweeter. Think of honey drizzled on yogurt or brown sugar in cookies.

Naturally occurring sugar, on the other hand, is natural. It comes in a package along with important vitamins and minerals that can help to offset some of the less savory side effects of sugar. A great example of this is fruit, which has natural sugar, but it also contains a lot of fiber that helps your body to absorb the sugar at a much slower rate.

Don't worry about things such as sugar in plain dairy or whole fruit. It's the added sugars in processed foods, desserts, and drinks that you need to be on the lookout for.

Lie No. 2: You Should Cut Sugar Out Completely

There are a lot of trendy diets that have you believe that it's going to best for you in the long run if you just cut the sugar out of your diet completely. The truth is that while you want to limit the amount of added sugar in your diet, there's also room for sugar as a part of a healthy diet.

The dietary guidelines put out by the World Health Organization says that an adult on an average 2,000 calorie per day diet should have less than 50 grams of sugar per day. The American Heart Association suggests about half that, at 25 grams per day.

Your body doesn't need sugar to survive, so less is better. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy sugar in moderation. Remember, a diet is something you must live with, so it has to be one you can sustain for continued health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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