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The good, the bad, the ugly | Natural sugars vs added sugars vs artificial sweeteners

Posted by Tyler Britton and Dette Avalon ANP on Jul 10, 2017 2:44:14 PM

Natural sugars vs added sugars vs artificial sweeteners

Now, despite what our table listing various names for sugars (and explanation of what each one is) all sugars are created equal. What also matters is:

  •         Where they come from; and
  •         Their chemical composition.

Let's look at the three different types of sugar, and what they really mean for your body.

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Sexy Sounding Sugar | Different Types of Sugar (With Explanations)

Posted by Tyler Britton and Dette Avalon ANP on Jun 23, 2017 3:00:30 PM

What is sugar Exactly?

The first thing anyone needs to know about when learning about the effects of sugar is to understand just what sugar is – i.e., what the different types of sugar are. “Sugar” usually refers to white sugar, which is a process sugar from sugar cane or sugar beets. All sugars are carbohydrates, so you might sometimes here sugar referred to as a “simple carbohydrate”.

The technical name for common sugar is sucrose, which is actually two "simple sugars" (monosaccharides) stuck together (fructose and glucose). For a great overview of fructose vs. glucose vs. sucrose, see this article. The long and short of it is this:

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Sugar is Soma: The Deathly Effects of Sugar in Our Brave New World

Posted by Tyler Britton and Dette Avalon ANP on Jun 23, 2017 3:00:25 PM

Putting sugar in perspective

“By this time the [sugar] had begun to work. Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles.” (brackets mine) -Brave New World

This sounds an awful lot like Halloween. Candy, sweets, and lots and lots of sugar. If you are familiar with Huxley’s Brave New World, the parallels between Soma and sugar are funny and disturbing (at the same time). When he wrote the novel in the 1930s, sugar was somewhat of a luxury. Now, it’s not only commonplace in most diets, it’s the staple. Unfortunately, even people who try to avoid sugar by eating healthy often get it wrong.

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