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We bring you the sweetest advice for the sweetest teeth to go with the warm temperature vibe. A few years back, a great clash of titans erupted: White sugar vs. Brown sugar. As you know, we never fight the urge to sit still and always add a vital element, to this or any duel: alternatives. However, you will have to wait until next month to find out about them –there is so much to tell, we have decided not to cover all the information this month. Carry on reading to discover all we have to tell you!
First… is brown sugar healthier than white (or refined) sugar? So, let us first make a clear distinction between something being “healthier than” and something being “less unhealthy than” – a distinction very important when talking about a substance that is high on our “least wanted” list. Thus, the answer becomes that brown (unrefined) sugar is less unhealthy than refined, but even this will depend on the pureness of the brown sugar. The difference lies in the refinement process that the juice obtained from the sugar cane (or from beetroot, to obtain sucrose) undergoes. To get white sugar, cane sugar is subjected to a purification or cleansing process in which impurities are removed. Brown sugar comes directly from sugar cane juice, without undergoing any refinement process except for crystalizing, preserving this way both its mineral properties and its original flavour.
Sugar is a large calorie source in the modern diet, although mostly under the name of empty calories, for they aren’t accompanied by a mineral or vitamin contribution. So the best way to keep a healthy diet, given our diets aren’t precisely low-cal, is to take the least amount of sugar, white or brown, which our whim allows us. One thing to note amongst the benefits of brown sugar is it rich with alkaline mineral salts that help alkalise or PH, which is beneficial to our health, as our blood PH is usually to acid. The purest form of raw cane sugar is generally known as “panela”.
Reasons why white sugar is harmful to our health:
According to University of San Francisco investigators, refined sugar is a risk to our health, inducing a near of 35 million deaths worldwide every year.
It is so toxic it should equal alcohol or tobacco, as well as at least equally addictive.
Refined sugar doesn’t just cause cardiovascular diseases, hyper and hypoglycaemia, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, but also various types of cancer. When sugar levels in the body are excessive, this induces changes in the b-catenin protein, which promotes cell proliferation in tumour cells.
Generally, official medicine doesn’t give food any acknowledgement. A great number of scientists and integrative medicine doctors recognise that the best way to treat cancer is to cut the tumour and cancer cells’ power supply: one way to accomplish this is minimising the consumption of refined sugar, including products that contain it, such as biscuits, soft drinks, etc.
Sugar and oral health
Many epidemiological studies link excessive consumption of simple sugars with cavities. This association occurs because sugar feeds the bacteria that are naturally present in our mouth, resulting in growth of these bacteria, which cause tooth decay. It should be noted that in cavity formation other factors such as oral hygiene, fluoride availability, the quality of saliva and genetics are also important.
Sugar may cause resistance to insulin
Insulin is the hormone responsible for reducing blood sugar in cases of hyperglycaemia. This hormone acts through components called receptors, which send the message for the body to reduce blood sugar levels. It has been observed that excessive and continued intake of refined sugars produces insulin resistance, meaning that the cellular receptors responsible for capturing the insulin’s message do not act effectively. Imbalances in blood sugar levels can lead to long-term hyperglycaemia, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and cataracts.
Refined sugar creates addiction
Given that glucose is the only neurone substrate, it is indisputable that the quantity and quality of this nutrient in the diet can directly affect the nervous system and mood. Children especially, although the entire population in general, rapidly engage in the non-nutritive sweetness of refined sugar. It is much sweeter than natural sugar in foods, so the taste buds get used to this intense flavour and lose pleasure in natural sweetness. As a result, sugar consumption may displace more healthful products in your diet (fruits, also dehydrated, dried fruits, cereals, etc.).
It is well known that children with autism are very sensitive to sugar. It can increase their levels of candida, a fungus that affects the intestinal yeast and is in permanent imbalance in autistic people due to immune deficiency. Therefore, it is desirable to eliminate all sugars from their diet.
Children’s activity rate may also be affected by refined sugars. These sugars and carbohydrates enter their bloodstream quickly, thus producing rapid changes in blood sugar levels. This is why a sugar free diet for hyperactive or attention deficit children is recommended.
Sugar is also a big enemy of progressive illnesses such as Parkinson’s. Removing sugar consumption could help eliminate the neurological dysfunction of people with Parkinson, reversing or eliminating any of the tremors commonly associated with the disease.
So, dear readers… we don’t want to frighten you with these news, but alert you of what you really do to your body when consuming white sugar. However, not all is lost, for next month equally sweet alternatives will be waiting for you – much healthier for your organism, though!