How Can Sugar Be Beneficial?

As I’ve shared on this blog and Accidentally Green’s Facebook page before, sugar has been such a struggle for me. I want my family to eat healthy. (Have you read my eBook First Bites? Eating decisions really are so important.) But baking is my favorite hobby. And I love baking amazing desserts from scratch. Creating gourmet cupcakes with scrumdidliumptious homemade buttercream frosting has been my latest guilty pleasure.

ID-10090265But refined sugar is just bad. And so, as we’re ready to enter the season of excessive candy binges – trick or treat! – I thought I’d research exactly why refined sugar is bad and what unrefined sugar options are available.

First things first
Before you think I’m vilifying all sugars, it’s important to note that natural sugars are good sugars. Natural sugar that’s found in fresh fruits and vegetables help your body – because it comes along with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. 1 And natural sugars are a form of carbohydrates your body needs for energy. As long as sugar hasn’t been added to a product, naturally occurring sugar is a good thing to consume.

Sugar just tastes good. Scientist Marcia Pelchat asserts, “We’re born to like sugar.” 2 In the womb, babies prefer sweet tastes – and out of the womb, breast milk naturally tastes sweet. Because of this, breastfed babies naturally make pleasurable, comforting connections with sweet food and drink. 3

When you’re in the mood to indulge in something sweet, swap out unhealthy, sugary food with fresh fruits and vegetables – it will boost your glucose level and help you resist high-calorie foods. 4 (As a quick explanation, the Mayo Clinic details, “Sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream and becomes blood sugar, or glucose, where it acts as fuel for your entire body for functions ranging from breathing to jogging.”) 5

What’s next?

Now that I’ve explained the benefits – and necessities – of natural sugars, I’ll explain the dangers of refined sugars tomorrow. Next Monday and Tuesday I’ll discuss different kinds of unrefined sugars.
2. “The Truth About Sugar.” Katherine Kam. WebMD.
4. “Why ‘good’ sugar is the secret to a slim figure.” Nick Collins. The Telegraph.
5. “What Foods Have Good Sugars for Your Body?” Christa Miller.
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Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and journalist. She writes about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Short and sweet - like her writing - Hilary is the author of several healthy living eBooks.

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