Is healthy sugar possible — and would you eat it? - Deepstash
Natural Sugar and Added Sugar

Natural sugar can be found in most nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, and if you're looking for added sugar, it goes by 61 different names and it's quite hard to memorize them all.

The two most common sources for processed food sugars are sugarcane and sugar beets, but the cheapest to produce is corn syrup. Due to the desire for sweet-tasting food, there is now an overproduction of corn to satisfy the need for cheap sweets.

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Sugar Consumption

The recommended amount of added sugar to be consumed is a maximum of 5-10 teaspoons per day; to put this in perspective, an average American consumes about 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day.

Listed below are sweeteners that are FDA approved and can be used as a substitute:

  • Aspartame
  • Sucralose
  • Neotame
  • Ace-K
  • Saccharin
  • Advantame

Other common sugar substitutes are stevia, sugar aclcohols, honey, and agave nectar.

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Fad Diets and Sugar

Juice cleanses are known to be sold as "detoxifiers" by cleansing our organs with natural fruit juices. However, juice cleanses offer a rush of sugar without the fiber that slows down its absorption into your bloodstream, and it is fiber that is the most important part of the fruit.

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Too Much Sugar is Bad for you

Although we must consume sugar -- because sugar is a carbohydrate and it fuels our bodies, overconsumption can lead to various illnesses such as:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Inflammation
  • Dementia
  • Tooth decay

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The Race to Developing Healthier Sugar

Due to the increasing addiction to sugar and sweet-tasting food many companies are now trying to develop a healthier form of sugar.

Companies like DouxMatok, founded by Professor Avraham Baniel, is applying his 75 years of industrial chemical research experience in order to create healthier sugar. Even Nestle is in on the quest for sugar alternatives.

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