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  • Sugar is a fundamental component in Human Nutrition, health and life in general
  • The only taste humans are born craving is sugar
  • Makes the backbone of our DNA
  • Sugar is a source of immediate energy for the body, and allows the body to store for later, the energy not consumed in the form of Glycogen
  • Sugar is the only form of energy for the Brain and Red Blood cells
  • Sugars are also part, or known as carbohydrates, whose group includes starches and fibers. Which could also have a different rate of digestion depending on their simple to complex molecular structure.

  • Sugar is an addictive substance that has the capacity to react with the receptors in our tongues and cause a sensation of pleasure
  • Some bodies, based mainly in genetics, are better suited to process and efficiently use sugar than others
  • Studies and data from the USDA Economic Research Service and other authorities, tell us that Americans, since the 1980s continue to eat the same total amount of fat, but ate more carbohydrates (thus sugars), producing a change that added 200 to 400 calories more to our daily intake
  • Sweet foods increase energy intake, showing that increasing sugar intake can increase body weight
  • Added sugars to make sweet foods are considered processed, and are highly palatable and hard to stop eating as they overstimulate the reward centers in our brain
  • Hidden sugars in processed foods like pastries, or in natural form as in juices or fruits, or the so called “Healthy foods” can add up fast without us even realizing it

  • Diabetes is a killer disease that impedes the body to correctly regulate the sugar in our blood
  • Unlike the Diabetes type 1, which is considered an autoimmune disease, the type 2 diabetes starts later in life and is linked to long term food and exercise behaviors
  • Type 2 Diabetes starts with insulin resistance and impaired glucose control
  • There seems to be a link between how much refined sugar we eat and insulin resistance and fat accumulation in the liver; factors that are considered high risk for diabetes
  • Some research has suggested that fructose, a type of simple sugar found in fruits as well as in processes foods might play a special role in diabetes
  • Consuming more energy in the form of sugar can increase body fat, and because of its chemically active nature, more body fat definitively increases cardiovascular disease risk

  • Although necessary, Sugar is not a healthy food, It doesn’t nourish us, doesn’t add a lot of nutritive value, doesn’t give us any vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, or fibers
  • Eating a lot of sugar doesn’t make our bodies better stronger, healthier or more functional
  • We can not say or recommend that XX amount of sugar is always better for everyone, all the time. Or that people should totally eliminate sugar, but the recommendation is for people to be aware of their response to sugar intake, body weight, and general lifestyle decisions
  • Become aware of what is in your food
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Ask yourself what works for you and what doesn’t

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