Podcast Episode 2 – Sugar, Sugar

Welcome to the second Remake My Plate podcast episode. This one quickly covers some information about sugar in it’s various forms.

Show Notes:

Glucose Song on YouTube

– Two types of sugars: simple and complex

– Simple sugars (also called monosaccharides) include glucose, fructose and galactose

– Complex sugars (also called disaccharides) include lactose, sucrose and maltose

– “Natural” sugars: honey, maple syrup, molasses and agave and which simple sugars make them up

– Why “natural” sugars are just like, and no better than, table sugar (sucrose) – broken down by the body in the same way as other sugars including HFCS and table sugar

– 1 tablespoon of granulated/table sugar: 48 calories, 12 grams carbohydrates

– 1 tablespoon of honey: 64 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates

– 1 tablespoon of maple syrup: 52 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrates

– 1 tablespoon of agave: 64 calories, 16 grams carbohydrates

– Agave syrup is actually highly processed  and no better than high fructose corn syrup

– “halo of health” that is given to particular sugars

The take away message is sugar (no matter what it comes from) is still sugar and treated as all other simple or complex sugars are in the body. One is no better or healthier than another. Ignore all the advertising or marketing that says otherwise. Products that contain high amounts of sugar are most likely high processed and should be avoided. You’ll be happier and healthier if you do.

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