is sugar bad for us because it is carbs with no nutrients, or because the body recognizes sucrose on its own as unhealthy (whereas in fruit its ok)? what if the only carbs i got in a day was 80g of sucrose? and then i took the supplement form of all the nutrients from the vegetables i would be missing out on?
sorry kind of all over the place, really tired.
asked byJames_Lancaster (21)
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on July 20, 2013
at 04:08 PM
Refined sources of sugar (which does include maple syrup) are problematic for a few reasons:
1) They taste good and are very energy-dense, making it easy to overconsume.
2) They produce a very rapid increase in blood sugar, which can lead to hunger and fluctuations in mood and energy.
3) If you're already insulin-resistant, the high insulin response provoked by a big sugar bolus can just make things worse.
4) They're not great at creating satiety, especially in liquid form.
5) After refining, they tend to be devoid of any healthy plant chemicals or micronutrients.
If you consumed no carbs other than 80g of sucrose gradually over the day, that would probably not cause you any problems at all with respect to insulin resistance, blood glucose, or weight gain. You would be missing out on the vitamins and soluble/fermentable fiber in vegetables, and I think most people here would reject the idea that you can just replace them with supplements.
If you consumed 80g of sucrose all at once, the story would probably be the same -- 80g isn't all that much -- but I suspect you'd have a hard time maintaining a tolerable blood sugar level with that much variance.
If you were in ketosis, did a hard workout, and then guzzled 80g of sucrose, your body would probably use it to refill your glycogen supply and everything would be fine. If I understand correctly, this is the "carb backloading" theory.