Sugar is a simple carbohydrate the body converts into glucose and uses for energy.
The effect of sugar on the body and your overall health depends on the type of sugar you’re eating, either natural or refined.
We eat more refined sugar today than our grandparents did decades ago, which has resulted in increasing obesity rates. Obesity has been associated with certain cancers like; breast, prostate, uterine, colorectal and pancreatic.
Fruits high in antioxidants, such as; blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples, may reduce your cancer risk. The fiber in fruit that is found mainly in its skin, suppresses your appetite to prevent overeating and weight gain.
Howbeit, dietitians recommend eating whole foods that are low in refined sugars. Whole foods refer to foods that are either unprocessed, such as fruit and vegetables, or minimally processed, such as whole grains.
The intake of natural sugar is healthy than refined sugar. Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as lactose. Food with natural sugar have an important role in the diet of a cancer patient and anyone trying to prevent cancer, because they provide essential nutrients that keep the body healthy and help prevent disease.
Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar. It is typically found as sucrose, which is the combination of glucose and fructose.
We use white and brown sugars to sweeten cakes and cookies, coffee, cereal and even fruit. Food manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high-fructose corn syrup, to foods and beverages, including crackers, flavored yogurt, tomato sauce and salad dressing. Low-fat foods are the worst offenders, as manufacturers use sugar to add flavor.
Most of the processed foods we eat add calories and sugar with little nutritional value. In contrast, fruit and unsweetened milk have vitamins and minerals. Milk also has protein and fruit has fiber, both of which keep you feeling full longer.
Nevertheless, being healthy and making healthy food choices is the big picture.
Hope you find this enlightening?