Is Sugar Good For You or Not?
Sugar's A Hot Topic These Days!!!
In 2009, The University of California uploaded an hour and a half YouTube video presentation by Dr Robert Lustig entitled ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth.’ The video went viral attracting over 8 million views!!
Interestingly enough, the low-carb craze was originally popularised in 1972 when ‘Dr Atkin’s Diet Revolution’ came out (1).
It was re-written in 2002 as ‘Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution.’ The book remained a best-seller for 285 weeks!!!!
In more recent years, the Atkin’s Diet has been re-branded as The Ketogenic Diet.
So, What's The Truth About Sugar?
The consumption of carbohydrates (and especially sugar and sweets) has been extensively demonised over the last 20 years for a number of reasons.
Is sugar really that bad for you though?
Are there any benefits to consuming sugar?
Well, let’s look at the facts!!
Sugar: The Bad!
Sugar in small doses is fine.
Too much sugar, on the other hand, can lead to a whole host of problems...
Sugar: The Good?
Sugar is not all bad though!
As long as you don't overdo it, sugar does have its benefits...
Processed ‘Table’ Sugar (or ‘added’ sugar) is devoid of nutrients. It only serves to provide you with a short-term energy boost.
Unfortunately, because we consume too much of it, a lot of this energy is inevitably stored as fat.
This is, of course, assuming that you’re on a calorie-deficit (as our friend ‘Professor Mark
Haub’ famously demonstrated in 2010 (2)).
Quite simply, when you need a quick energy boost, a sugar-rich snack or candy bar is just what’s needed. For instance, if you’re on a diet and exercise on a regular basis, it’s not uncommon to feel a little lethargic prior to a gym-session.
Munching on a cookie 20 minutes or so before an intense interval training programme does wonders in these circumstances .
The same can be said for diabetics with dangerously low blood sugar levels.
A bit like with salt, sugar (or sucrose) is often (and always has been) used as a preservative to prevent microbial spoilage.
Sugar has been used extensively for preserving fruits such as apples, pears, etc.
Sugar is still used to preserve a range of foods.
“I LOST 10% BODYFAT IN 10 WEEKS AND18% BODY FAT IN 10 MONTHS WHILST GAINING A SHED LOAD OF MUSCLE!!
THE BOOKS I’VE WRITTEN SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW IT’S DONE!”
Dr Jonathan S. Lee