Is sugar good or bad? I’ve been asking myself this question for a long time.
I know that glucose fuels the brain, and that it’s important to take in carbs when you’re exercising. We all need to learn the right types of sugar and how much is okay.
But guess what? It is a lot less than you think.
When I was younger I consumed so much sugar that I was probably a prediabetic. I remember being very lethargic and tired as a teenager, and I had a myriad of health issues all related to the massive amounts of sugar I consumed.
However, there are ways to consume sugar safely. Here’s how much we need and why.
In nature, there are plenty of healthy sugars found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and mushrooms. These sugars have various names like polysaccharide and mannose.
The sugars that promote health are the long-chain sugars that don’t actually taste sweet to the tongue. These feed our immune systems and our brains, giving us the edge we need to stay sharp each day.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get these sugars.
Believe it or not, mushrooms contain polysaccharides — the long-chain sugars that feed the immune system. They also have galactose, fucose, mannose, xylose, and many other types of sugar.
These may sound like foreign words, but these sugars are essential and cannot be created by our bodies — so we have to eat them
The sugar in cranberry is called mannose; it is known to help support the clearing of urinary tract infections and helps to prevent bacteria to sticking to the vaginal wall.
Adaptogenic herbs isuch as astragalus, foti, reishi, and many others contain a broad range of essential sugars. I recommend consuming them daily to boost your immune immune system and restore your overall health.
Stevia this is a natural herb that tastes sweet to the tongue but does not affect your blood sugar. It’s a great substitute for all sugar in your diet.
There are a whole host of bad sugar, mainly fructose from fruit, honey, maple syrup, and table sugar.
One glass of orange juice contains as much sugar as a soda. I know it’s hard to believe. I was shocked to hear that these foods I was addicted to and used way to much of was actually really harming my body.
Here are some of the issues you have to look forward to if you have a high-sugar and carbohydrate-rich diet:
• Brain fog
• Immune suppression
• Viral and bacterial replication
• Hair loss
• Weight gain
• Gut issues like constipation and abdominal pain
With that list in mind, I recommend limiting your intake of sugar and using berries, stevia, xylitol, and dates to sweeten foods instead.
The truth is, you should cut down to no more than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day and increase fat and protein to replace the need for constant sugar.
Posts by Robyn Abramczyk, D.D.S.
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