The Doctor Is In:
5 Facts About Sugar
It is that time of year again where your home will be invaded by candy. Halloween is on October 31st and I am sure many of your children will participate in activities at school and in your community. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. This season please read labels so that the sugar does not cause more harm than good in your family. “Good” sugars are found in fruits and vegetables. “Bad” sugars are sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup, which are found in processed foods like soda pop, candy, baked goods etc. If you read a label and it says that sugar has been added then that is not good for you. Let’s look at foods and figure out what are the good sugars.
1. What Are The Different Names And Types Of Sugar?
Simple sugars, such as sucrose, fructose and lactose, are quickly absorbed by your body and cause a spike in blood sugar. Starch and fiber are complex carbohydrates or sugars they take longer to digest, so they enter the bloodstream slowly. All bad sugar is simple sugar, but not all simple sugar is bad. It depends on the source. Lactose and Fructose are simple sugars that are not necessarily bad. Lactose of course is the sugar found in milk. Fructose is found in fruits and some vegetables.