When focusing on losing weight, lots of people immediately jump to the conclusion that they should cut out all of the sugary foods that they have been eating, reducing how many sugars that they put in their tea, and the number of chocolate bars that they eat in a week.
However, not all sugars are bad for your health.
Sugar isn’t only an ingredient in sweets and chocolate, it’s also a naturally occurring element fruit and fresh milk.
As such, the discussion regarding sugar is not always as simple as saying that sugar is bad for you.
According to governmental guidelines, the recommended daily amount of sugar that a person should consume is around 90g, including naturally occurring sugars and sugars that have been added into food.
Despite this, it’s hard to know what has sugar in, and what doesn’t, which is where the problem arises.
Naturally occurring sugars and added sugars both have benefits when consumed as part of a balanced diet, however, added sugars namely provide energy in the form of calories, whereas natural sugars provide energy through glucose.
Glucose is a necessary element to all human life, it powers up our brains, and it helps us to keep our body temperature regulated.
It also helps with the bodies’ defences and helps with the regeneration of skin, meaning that the more natural sugars that you get as opposed to added, the more youthful your skin will look.
Calories on the other hand are the reason why people cut sugar out of their diet.
Calories also give us physical and mental energy, but if we don’t burn it, it stays in our bodies and causes people to become overweight.
Of course, this has a lot to do with lifestyle and the amount of activity that you do.
However, upping your intake of ‘good’ sugars and reducing the ‘bad’ will benefit you in the long run.
Remember; not all sugars are bad and with the ones that are, you should make an effort to be aware of how much you are eating and make informed decisions depending on your lifestyle and activity levels.