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The perils of eating sugar…hype or hidden danger?

Seen the soda ads lately advertising that they are made with “real sugar?” While this may have a similar appeal to claims such as “all natural” or “organic,” behind this clever word play, still lurks refined white sugar. And, refined white sugar has been condemned by dentists, nutritionists and physicians for scores of years.1 Why, you might ask? Here’s a blissfully simple way to understand what sugar does in the body. In an article by E.A.H Sims and E.S. Horton published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they pointed out the empty calories in refined white sugar basically trick the body into thinking it is still hungry because the calories introduced to the body release no nutrients. 2 The body essentially stays hungry asking for the nutrients the sugar didn’t deliver. This probably explains the phenomena of how you can graze on sugary cookies and candy at the holiday party for hours and still leave extremely hungry.

So how can digestive enzymes help in this instance? By helping you get the most out of the nutritious foods you do eat. For instance, supplementing with an enzyme product like CereCalase® will help break down and release minerals from the handful of carrot sticks you also ate the holiday party (even though you’re probably going to eat more cookies than carrots)! Eating healthy all the time is tough and the holidays can really throw a wrench in your overall nutritional balance—takeaway…moderation is key, along with getting the most nutrients out of the healthy choices you do eat.

References

  1. Enzyme Nutrition, Howell, Dr. Edward, 1985, 84-85
  2. Am J Clin Nutr., December 1968, vol. 21 no. 12, 1455-1470