Added sugar is the worst ingredient in the modern day diet. I think over the last couple of years, awareness of its harmful effects has increased dramatically. And despite what you might have heard, empty calories is just one of many reasons why added sugar is bad for you.
This is why I would like to share with you the 5 healthy sugars that can kill you!
1. Raw Organic Sugar Cane- There seems to be a lot of health products that are sweetened with raw, organic cane sugar. Do not let them trick you into thinking that is just merely… sugar. Organic or not, sugar is still sugar and whether it is raw or not doesn’t make any difference. The way this sweetener is processed may be different from the regular sugar you find on the supermarket shelf, but the chemical composition is exactly the same.
Key Note: Most importantly, your body wont recognize the difference. It will break the sugar down into glucose and fructose in the digestive tract and it will have the exact same effects on your metabolism.
2. Evaporated Cane Juice- I often see “ evaporated cane juice” on processed fob labels. Again, do not be fooled by the name… evaporated cane juice is just a fancy name for sugar. This is just another deception by the food manufacturers, done in order to hide the true sugar content of foods from the consumer.
Key note: Really… if you see “evaporated Juice” on an ingredients label, it should make you wonder what else the manufacturer is trying to hide from you. When the sweetener reaches your intestine and liver, your body wont recognize any difference between “evaporated juice” and plain old sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
3. Brown Sugar- After the sugar has been refined and processed; small amounts of molasses (Treacle) is added back into brown sugar, which then gives the sugar a brown colour and it is then called brown sugar.
Key note: Molasses is about 50% sugar, but it also contains a small amount of minerals. To put simply, brown sugar is regular sugar diluted with a slightly less concentrated sugar. The tiny amount of minerals DOES NOT make up for the other negative health effects.
4. Coconut Sugar-, which is made from sap (sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant). The manufacturing method is very natural… it simply involves extracting the sugary fluid, then allowing the water to evaporate. Coconut sugar also contains a small amount of fibre and a few nutrients. But none of that is important, what really matters is whether this product is high in fructose or not. Coconut sugar actually contains fructose. It contains a small amount of free fructose but I would say around 75% – 80% of it is sucrose, which is half fructose. Therefore, the total fructose content of coconut sugar is somewhere around 35% – 45% give or take.
Keynote: Due to slightly smaller amounts of fructose than sugar, and the tiny amounts of fibre and nutrients, you could say that coconut sugar is less unhealthy than regular sugar, gram for gram if we were going to go deep on this. But just because it is more healthy for you DOES NOT MAKE IT HEALTHY.
5. Honey- Honey contains some nutrients… including antioxidants and little amounts of vitamins and minerals.Honey is about 80% sugar.That being said, likecoconut sugar, it is less unhealthy than regular sugar. But again, just because it is healthier for youDOES NOT MAKE IT HEALTHY.
Key Note: If you are really healthy, having some quality honey in moderation is probably fine. I’ve lost my sweet tooth so I cannot say I eat it a lot but I wouldn’t point blank refuse it if it were offered to me. Can honey make you lose weight? In short… NO, not sure who came up with that but do not believe it.