Good Sugars vs Bad Sugars


Sugar is always pin-pointed as the enemy, but this article will explain the differences between the good and bad sugars and how the bad sugars can impact your daily life.

What is considered to be good sugars are found in fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and in natural sugar sources such as: maple syrup, honey, agave and stevia.

Honey is a well known alternative to refined sugar for flavoring and is also a good source of energy and nutrition. In the event that you are looking to be healthier with your sugar intake or veer away from using sugars, some good flavor substitutes are:

  • Cinnamon
  • Mint
  • Lemon Peel
  • Nutmeg
  • Fruit Topping (for specific food items that you would normally use sugar as a topping)

What is considered to be bad sugars are found in soda, candies, icings, baked goods, packaged treats and most all foods that use refined sugar instead of the natural sugars.

White sugar (also referenced to as table sugar) is known to suppress the immune system by reducing the amount and the vitality of white blood cells, which makes the body more susceptible to bacteria and illness. Pairing a high sugar intake with high stress or lack of sleep will also cause an even weaker immune system. Commonly people who are stressed will eat a treat to calm their stress, or those who have a lack of sleep will drink a sugary energy drink, opening your immune system to potential viruses.

White sugar can also effect behavior, attention and learning habits.

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4 responses

  1. Hi Jeanette,

    What I have found personally, is that steering clear of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Corn Sugar, and regular white sugar is best done by eating fresh fruit and vegetables. Pre packaged foods have sugar hidden in them and added where you would never think a sweetener would need to be. (Chicken salad, egg salad, crackers… you name it!). Eating as close to nature as you can will help your body with more than just weight loss. Check out The Earth Diet if you have a chance. http://www.theearthdiet.org – It gives great ideas and recipes to help you get started on a healthier you :)

    Sincerely,

    Sarah

  2. I need to find out some of the good sugars, if I would stop eating bad sugars maybe I would be able to loss some weight. I been trying all kinds of diets and found myself in a trouble situation just gaining weight. I just want to know and ideals whats good to eat? Thank you if you could give me some good sugars. Jeanette

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