It is believed that cane sugar granules from sugarcane was first discovered a little over two thousand years ago in India. It then spread to the middle east and then to the West Indies and tropical America. In the early days, sugar was expensive to produce and therefore considered a luxury. Beet sugar such as high fructose corn syrup was discovered in the 19th century. It would be obvious that sugar has not been an integral part of the human nutrition basket for too long.

The American Heart Association says that there is an association between added sugar intake and higher triglycerides, lower HDL (good cholestrol) and higher blood sugar.

A 1oo gms of sugar has about 100 gms of carbs, one of the highest in any single food source. A single teaspoon of sugar can contain 4 gms of carbs. Some of the common things that we snack on include a snickers bar (6-7 spoons of sugar), Coca Cola (8 spoons of sugar), Mountain Dew (11.5 spoons of sugar). Even your corn flakes can have up to 2.5 spoons of sugar. Many fruits that we eat also have sugar with one Mango (3.2 spoons of sugar) and one Banana (3 spoons of sugar) at the highest.

The difference between natural sugars and added sugars is that some of the sources of natural sugar like fruits have fiber which neutralizes the effect of the sugar. Please look for my next article on net carbs.

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  • April 26, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Sugarcane is obviously better than refined sugar but still has a glycemic index of 45. Therefore it should be eaten sparingly or not at all.

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