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What's the Deal with Sugar?

Posted on 05/4/2017


Video Transcript

Hi - I’m Rene Ficek, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. There has been so much buzz about sugar in recent years that we feel it necessary to provide some hard facts on the topic in hopes of clearing up any confusion.

Types of Sugar

First, there are two types of sugar:

- Added Sugars: There’s added sugars like table sugar and concentrated forms like juice.

- Natural Sugars: Then there are natural sugars, found in fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and unrefined carbohydrates.  These natural occurring sugars are a valid source of energy and should be included in your diet. There are many good nutrients that go along with these.

Dangers of Added Sugar

Secondly, in most processed and refined forms, sugar has no nutritional value. It is void of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and enzymes. It is a source of calories, but not nutrition. It can speed up the aging process, damage teeth and gums, and push pressure on the liver in the same way that alcohol does. 

Common Misconception of Sugar

And lastly, while sugar is certainly not a healthy thing to eat, it is not the only problem in the Western diet or the cause of the obesity epidemic. Overconsumption of sugar may be a contributor to this, but it is certainly not the cause.

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