• Jonathan Shiek

5 Misconceptions About Sugar

Sugar. We either love it or we hate it. No scratch that, we all love it and that’s a fact. However, we are well aware that we should stay away from it. But why? Is it because we are afraid that we might get addicted to it? Or perhaps it is because we are afraid that it causes diabetes?

Well, that might actually be a far stretch from the truth. So allow us to bring the truth about sugar to light with 5 misconceptions about sugar.

1. Sugar Is Addictive

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Now I know that sugar tends to resemble cocaine in a way but trust me those two are worlds apart, especially with regards to its addictive nature. Don’t believe me? Well, Dr. Dominic M. Dwyer from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology explains “Although certainly present in some people, addiction-like behaviors toward sugar and other foods are present only in a minority of obese individuals.

If that wasn’t evidence enough, Prof. David Nutt, Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and head of the Department of Neuropsychopharmacology and Molecular Imaging at Imperial College London, adds, “There is not currently scientific evidence that sugar is addictive, although we know that sugar has psychological effects, including producing pleasure, and these are almost certainly mediated via brain reward systems.”

2. Sugar Makes Kids Hyperactive

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You have seen it in movies everywhere, where a kid absolutely destroys a deluxe ice cream sundae with the works and proceed to go berserk for a duration of time until he or she crashes. However, there really isn’t any scientific evidence to justify that kids actually do get hyperactive after consuming sugar.

In a meta-analysis conducted by JAMA, which combined data from 23 experiments across 16 scientific papers, they found that sugar does not affect the behavior or cognitive performance of children.

So perhaps your bad parenting is the reason why your children are running amuck.

3. Sugar Causes Diabetes

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This is a little hard to discern as there are many stages to diabetes. Now it is important to note that obese and overweight individuals are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and consuming high levels of sugar does increase the likelihood of developing overweight or obesity. However, sugar is not the direct cause of type 2 diabetes.

4. Avoid Fruit When Dieting

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One of the reasons why we love fruits so much can be attributed to its high natural sugar content – fructose. Now because of this sole reason, many people tend to stay away from them during their diets or weight loss programs in fear that it will counteract their progress.

That is unfortunately not true as fruits contain a range of healthful compounds, including a variety of vitamins and minerals, and fiber which can actually help in your weight loss journey.

5. Sugar Causes Cancer

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Despite what your parents tell you, sugar does not actually fuel your cancer cells. All cells generally require sugar and other nutrients such as amino acids and fats, in order to survive. Therefore, attributing sugar to the multiplication of cancer cells alone is practically saying that you’re the only person in the world that needs oxygen to live.

This is backed by the Cancer Research UK which stated “There’s no evidence that following a sugar-free diet lowers the risk of getting cancer, or boosts the chances of surviving if you are diagnosed.”


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