While you might have read a lot of media scares telling you to avoid sugar at all costs, unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of research to support those claims. Before we get into the ins and outs of sugar, let’s have a quick (and simple) nutrition lesson.
Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, made up Carbon + Hydrogen + Water (hence the word, carbo-hydrate). It’s common to see this word and the term “sugar” used interchangeably, as carbohydrates are made up of a variety of sugar (chemical term: saccharide) molecules. In short, carbohydrates are the building blocks of most plant-based foods.
All carbohydrates are made up of sugars. Examples of these are things like grains (rice, breads, pastas, flours), beans, fruits, even vegetables and milk. These foods contain naturally occurring sugars, meaning they don’t have any “added sugar”. Foods like cookies, candy, and cakes contain added sugar, which can be in the form of table sugar, honey, maple syrup, and corn syrup. For the sake of this article, we are going to use the term carbohydrate as an umbrella term for all of these foods.
Now that you know the basics, we have some simple tips when it comes to navigating sugar in the house: