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Are all sugars created equal?

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Created August 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

So, as I was eating a LaraBar this morning (ingredients: dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, extra virgin coconut oil), I noticed that it has nearly the same number of grams of sugar as a Dove milk chocolate bar. (I know this because I "cheated" earlier this week and ate said chocolate bar.) I had previously felt okay with treating myself to a few LaraBars a week, but now I'm wondering if I'm really derailing myself by eating them and am in fact eating the equivalent of several chocolate bars a week. Thoughts?

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on September 01, 2012
at 04:44 AM

We need glucose just like we need the various amino acids, we just tend to get too much of it.

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on September 01, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Molasses and honey are certainly better sugar choices, no argument there. However, your comparison of "sugar is sugar" like "fat is fat" and "protein is protein" is not apt - all carbs break down to glucose, fructose, or galactose - all are damaging in their own way when consumed. Proteins can be denatured, making them bad, but there are over 20 essential amino acids we get from proteins. There are at least 2-3 essential fats as well - and there are certainly bad fats out there. So while protein and fat have good v bad and essential components, sugar remains just ... sugar.

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Next time I criticize squatting I'll bash larabars for bonus downvotes.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:29 PM

I think it's a little different. The calorie argument borders on crazy - lots of people arguing about something insignificant. Sugar consumption directly contributes to metabolic derangement at any level. Granted, so does excessive calories - but sugar begins to do so with more immediacy; caloric intake does so when abused.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Defeating that sort of cultural programming is really hard. It's so sad that people choose not to eat "real" yogurt at the cost of 40 or so less calories (for an average serving), and at the expense of less taste and more metabolic damage.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Dates are **not** particularly good for you. For a 100g serving, you do get 7g of fiber, but you get 67g of sugar. You may as well drink three 8oz cokes. A dark chocolate bar is going to be less of a penalty on one's health than a similar amount of dates. But if it's a sometimes-food, whatever, it's not that that bad.

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Wish I could more than +1 this.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Wow, always intrigued by downvotes. I'm curious if the sugar-addicted didn't like the facts I was laying down, or if a Larabar rep got wind of this. ;-) In the future, if you downvote, at least *comment*, too - otherwise, you're just a hater.

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on August 31, 2012
at 06:51 PM

OMG...this so reminded me of the date shakes I had in Palm Springs. Total sugar bombs but sooooooo good. At least I now know that I got some nutrition in there!

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on August 31, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I'm not sure why this comment has a down-vote. I up-voted because I agree with it. Soy protein, canola oil and HFCS suck. Beef, coconut oil, and honey are good for you.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Yes, in the end, sugar is just sugar. Heck all digestible carbohydrates, in the end, are sugar to our bodies. Larabars are just a better-than-horribly-bad-for-you candy bar.

Definitely choose a Larabar over a Snickers mini, but they are NOT "healthy for you", so to speak. Going hiking for the day, and expect to spend a lot of energy? Larabars are great to have for the trip to snack on. Hungry and sitting at work? Choose some cherries, strawberries, etc and some almonds or cashews instead of a Larabar.

It's great that they are made from few, all natural ingredients. However, they are primarily all dried fruit and nuts. To lessen the impact of sugar on the body, choose to eat those fruits fresh, full of their naturally retained water and normal fiber complement.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Wish I could more than +1 this.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Wow, always intrigued by downvotes. I'm curious if the sugar-addicted didn't like the facts I was laying down, or if a Larabar rep got wind of this. ;-) In the future, if you downvote, at least *comment*, too - otherwise, you're just a hater.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Next time I criticize squatting I'll bash larabars for bonus downvotes.

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Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

on August 31, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Sugar is sugar, but not all sugar sources are just sugar. Molasses and raw honey have nutrients that refined white sugar simply does not have. Dates have a lot of other nutrients in them than just sugar--it's not a sugar pill. Would you say fat is fat, or protein is protein?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on September 01, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Molasses and honey are certainly better sugar choices, no argument there. However, your comparison of "sugar is sugar" like "fat is fat" and "protein is protein" is not apt - all carbs break down to glucose, fructose, or galactose - all are damaging in their own way when consumed. Proteins can be denatured, making them bad, but there are over 20 essential amino acids we get from proteins. There are at least 2-3 essential fats as well - and there are certainly bad fats out there. So while protein and fat have good v bad and essential components, sugar remains just ... sugar.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

(868)

on September 01, 2012
at 04:44 AM

We need glucose just like we need the various amino acids, we just tend to get too much of it.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on August 31, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I'm not sure why this comment has a down-vote. I up-voted because I agree with it. Soy protein, canola oil and HFCS suck. Beef, coconut oil, and honey are good for you.

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:21 PM

While yes, sugar is sugar and can derail you if you're trying to lose weight, Dates are really good for you! So an occasional (maybe not several times a week) treat containing dates for sweetener does have more health benefits than a chocolate bar.

dates nutrition

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 31, 2012
at 06:51 PM

OMG...this so reminded me of the date shakes I had in Palm Springs. Total sugar bombs but sooooooo good. At least I now know that I got some nutrition in there!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Dates are **not** particularly good for you. For a 100g serving, you do get 7g of fiber, but you get 67g of sugar. You may as well drink three 8oz cokes. A dark chocolate bar is going to be less of a penalty on one's health than a similar amount of dates. But if it's a sometimes-food, whatever, it's not that that bad.

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Sugars differ a little bit in their glucose/fructose ratios, so some are slightly better for you than others. Also, "the packaging" makes a difference for how your body reacts to the sugar, how fast it enters your bloodstream, and what other "crap" or nutrients might come with it. I think everyone would agree the fructose you get naturally in a piece of fruit is better than the fructose you get from high fructose corn syrup.

I understand your feelings though - it's like when I discovered "the great yogurt lie" about 15 years ago. For years I'd been eating blueberry or strawberry yogurt every day because it was "so healthy." Then I found out it had more sugar in it than the same amount of strawberry ice cream! Talk about feeling blind-sided. . . I still eat plain whole milk yogurt, but now I'm much more aware of how much natural sugar is in it and adjust my consumption accordingly.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 31, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Defeating that sort of cultural programming is really hard. It's so sad that people choose not to eat "real" yogurt at the cost of 40 or so less calories (for an average serving), and at the expense of less taste and more metabolic damage.

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:03 PM

No, turbinado sugar is wicked good!!!

Seriously though, this is a bit like the calorie argument. At the end of the day -- Yes, a calorie is a calorie. Yes, sugar is sugar.

There are subtle differences in the glucose/sucrose ratios, sucrose is 50/50. But generally sugar is sugar. This is why fruit is lower priority to veggies and meat in the Paleo diet.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:29 PM

I think it's a little different. The calorie argument borders on crazy - lots of people arguing about something insignificant. Sugar consumption directly contributes to metabolic derangement at any level. Granted, so does excessive calories - but sugar begins to do so with more immediacy; caloric intake does so when abused.

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