Sugars are simple carbohydrate molecules. It is essential for cell and organ functioning, our bodies have sophisticated machinery to break complex carbohydrate molecules into simple sugars. Therefore, it does not need to be added to the diet.
What is really important is that our bodies do not differentiate between sugars from different sources. Whether it comes from white sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup, or fruit our bodies use the sugar in exactly the same way.
When you eat sugar, your energy level increases and the insulin in your blood rises sharply. This insulin allows a chemical called tryptophan to enter your brain and release a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical. Sugar actually makes you feel physically good.
The best way to keep tabs on sugar consumption is to become knowledgable with nutritional labels. While the list of ingredients might claim no added sugars, the nutrition facts panel will show the amount of carbohydrates and sugars in the product.
The next time you craving sweets threatens to spoil your day, remember where sugar is hidden in plain sight and look to other tasty treats with no sugar added to lift you out of the glooms.
“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” ~ Socrates
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