Sugar is one of the nutrients that we consumed the most because it is found in nearly everything that we eat. In general, there are two main types of sugar which are natural sugar and refined sugar. The natural sugar found in organic plant-based food is unprocessed and accompanied by certain natural substances that are needed for our bodies to safely break it down into blood sugar.
Why natural sugar is healthy
When we eat a fruit, we are not just ingesting sugar and water, but also synergistic components, such as mineral activators, enzymes and co-vitamin helpers, and fiber. These components have specific roles to play for helping our bodies to safely and effectively utilize nutrients. For example, fiber is needed by our bodies to slowdown the absorption of sugar and mineral activators are needed by our bodies to properly metabolize vitamins. For these reasons, when we consume sugar without these components, it breaks down improperly and becomes toxic.
The best way to get our sugar intake is to eat it as close to its natural state as possible. Organic fruits and vegetables are excellent examples. Some people think that consuming “natural sugar” is healthy but even natural sugar is not that healthy. The reason is because when natural sugar is extracted from its source, it loses a good portion of its synergistic components; therefore, it will breakdown and get absorbed improperly. It is important to know that just because a product has natural sugar listed in its ingredients list, does not mean that it is 100 percent natural.
The negative effects of refined sugar
Refined sugar is the processed version of sugar. It is very bad for our health because it contains little or no nutrients. When we consume refined sugar, which is found in junk food and most processed food, it is not accompanied by synergistic components and other nutrients. When these components and nutrients are missing, our bodies cannot effectively metabolize sugar. This can result in the formation of toxic metabolite such as pyruvic acid.
Toxic metabolite can destroy cells by interfering with their respiration process. The absent of these components also causes sugar to breakdown and get absorbed quickly. This then cause spikes in our blood sugar levels which put pressures on all our organs, because they have to work harder to bring our blood sugar levels back into balance. Refined sugar is classified as a carcinogen by many health experts and has been linked to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, migraines, cancer and high blood pressure. Most importantly, sugar reduces immunity which increases our risk of getting diseases.