Sugar has become public enemy number one and is often singled out as being the primary cause of poor health.
But the fact is, that makes no sense when you look at the scientific data.
Yet it is an easy scapegoat for political and economic policymakers – let’s blame sugar for our obesity epidemic, not our failure to implement robust government strategies..
Instead of getting caught up in the firing line and demonising a single food substance, we should be looking at the bigger picture.
Is sugar really all bad?
As with everything, it all depends…..
- Are you eating it with fibre or protein to help prevent blood sugar crashes?
- Do you enjoy it and does it have a purpose in your life?
- Do you need it to help fuel your exercise?
- Are you baking with your kids and making loving memories?
- Do you need to gain some weight?
- Do you need some emotional comfort?
- Is it an anniversary, a birthday or any other celebration?
Then there is the question of what kind of sugar….are we demonising all sugars or just added sugars?
Either way, they are important to our social functioning and overall health.
I ask you to take a step back and consider what does ‘health’ really mean?
Is it merely the absence of disease or does it also mean improved quality of life?
Does it mean less stress and anxiety?
The ability to relax and connect with others?
To not freak out about social events?
Yes, there are undoubtedly many who do need to reduce their consumption of overly processed foods but to label sugar as inherently bad is not useful.
We all love to have something to blame for poor health but ‘to sugar’ or ‘not to sugar’ is a gross over-simplification
Let’s start thinking more about how we eat rather than stressing unduly about the what.
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