the sweet truth about sugar: myths and facts
Have a sweet tooth? Do cakes and pies call to you, despite any guilt for indulging? We've got some healthy alternatives for enjoying your desserts with less guilt, once you sort through a few myths and facts about sugar. Sugar’s role
- Myth: Sugar is nothing but useless, empty calories!
- Myth: Sugar by any other name would be the same!
- Natural: Fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains contain simple sugars. The beauty is, they also contain starches and fiber (complex carbs), vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Added (processed, refined): Every pastry chef knows there are at least 15 types of processed sugar, from the ubiquitous white sugar down to bee’s honey, all used to flavor and preserve food. No added nutrients, just added “empty” calories.
- Myth: Sugar just leads to obesity and disease. Go sugar-free!
Source: American Heart Association
- One 12-ounce can of regular soda contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. (AHA)
- The average American consumes 22 teaspoons added sugar (350 calories) a day. (Harvard)
- Myth: Plant-based sugars are a hassle to cook with and don’t taste as good.
Ann Jamerson, Importance of Sugar in the Human Body, SFGATE
Aviva Patz, Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?, Health.comAdded Sugars, AHA