(sciencealert.com)—We’ve seen the alarming documentaries, sat through health class lectures, and watched the obesity numbers steadily grow at an alarming rate. Sugar is the enemy, right?
While eating too much sugar is directly associated with obesity and a host of heart and liver-related problems, there are plenty of myths out there with a host of misinformation that oftentimes makes eating even moderate amounts of sugar sound worse than it is. After all, we do need sugar to live.
“We all need sugar – it’s the basic building block of what runs our bodies, and, in fact, it’s necessary,” Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York told INSIDER.
“But I’d rather my patients have more fruits and vegetables and lean proteins because of all of the overly processed ingredients surrounding sugary foods.”
Keep scrolling to discover the truth behind some of the most common myths about sugar.
MYTH: Some types of sugar are better for you than others
FACT: All ‘types’ of sugar have the same effect on your body.
“There’s this idea that there are different types of sugar, but that’s a myth,” Haythe said. “Brown sugar, white sugar, honey… they are all ultimately broken down into the same thing: glucose. All forms of sugar are carbohydrates that can be used as glucose.”