Got a sweet tooth? It might be time to reevaluate that habit—sugar may taste delightful, but it’s extremely damaging to our health. By Scott Olson here are two schools of thought about what sugar does to your body: Sugar is bad for you and sugar is super bad for you. In one camp are health experts (that include the sugar lobby) who suggest that sugar is harmful simply because it contains calories. In the other camp are those who think that sugar is a toxic molecule. The evidence for the first argument is fairly substantial.
THE BITTER FROM THE SWEET
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➜ Marie Detillier, clinical nutrition manager
at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, definitely agrees that sugar causes harm. “Even though it is a natural carbohydrate source, it is empty calories—meaning it does not contain any vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, or any other positive nutritional benefit,” she says. Those empty calories add up quickly, especially when we drink them. “The problem is that we are drinking sugar quickly and not even thinking about it,” adds Detillier. She points to morning smoothies that can contain 50 to 120 grams of sugar, or flavored coffee drinks that have 50 grams of sugar, not to mention our addiction to soda. A recent article appearing in the NEWYOU.COM
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