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What's Worse... Gluten or Sugar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2011 at 7:40 PM

The demons in my office are constantly parading all manner of sweet treats by my cube every morning... Some days I win the battle and some days I don't. I am working on my office situation as it is the only time I my will is tested; I have gotten some great ideas from you in how to do this.

BUT???

Which is the greater evil? The bag of skittles that is gluten free but packs enough sugar to give you diabetes or say something like a donut which will packs enough gluten to rival most industrial adhesives?

If I am going to break than what is the least damaging of the two?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:48 PM

I don't get it. Doesn't a donut has both sugar and gluten? ;P

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:05 PM

@Erik, I answered you in an answer below re: sugar withdrawals. Hope it helps!

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(1614)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:53 PM

-1 for being rude, abusing the English language, and providing completely inaccurate information.

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on September 20, 2011
at 04:51 PM

When you cook bones you produce enough industrial gelatin to glue up 29 chairs. Why not eat a can of sardines instead?

5cbd326041fead0c1ec71fbd106ef083

on August 04, 2011
at 02:33 PM

I wish one was not allowed to downvote without a comment explaining why.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 01, 2011
at 03:37 AM

somebody just downvoted this! I just re-read it, and I can't imagine why anyone would downvote this. amazing. what did I say here that is disagreeable?

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

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on May 28, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I have been to that place; the place where sugar has no grip over me. Getting back there has proven difficult. Oddly enough it was when I started paleo and crossfit the first time that got me off my game. bag of apples... Natures candy bar :)

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

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on May 28, 2011
at 02:41 PM

@Jack you are absolutely right! Both are evil to be sure both are loaded with crap and sugar. Skittles are gluten free; it says so write on the wrapper lol. Like that makes a difference on whether I should eat them or not. This questions stems from my life long battle with food and when I the stress of the day meets a room full of fat engineers and my will power has left me... Ideally I would be prepared with my own cornucopia of good foods to snack on. A better question is how do I get through the my sugar withdrawals while trying to lose weight?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 26, 2011
at 10:43 PM

The problem is skittles isn't just "sugar". It's got even things probably worse. Artificial colors, other additives, genetically modified stuff like corn products(starch, high fructose corn sugar) or whatever. The GMO is prob the worst part. Believe it or not artificial colors have been linked to learning problems/attention deficit.

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on May 26, 2011
at 10:25 PM

You are better off bringing your own snack. But to answer your question, the Skittles are a lesser evil than the donut.

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

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on May 26, 2011
at 08:15 PM

You're absolutely correct about bringing my own snack. When I prepare accordingly and bring paleo friendly snacks I can pass on the junk. It's when I don't have them that I get into trouble. Ultimately though I am setting myself up for failure if I don't have a cooler full of healthy alternatives.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on May 26, 2011
at 09:58 PM

Both are awful, especially in large quantity and/or eaten regularly.

But you have made a bit of a mistake in your example of skittles vs donut.

There are LOTS of things wrong with skittles. The ingredients are disgusting. Sugar is one of them.

Also, the donut has LOTS of sugar too, so it's not just the grain dough that is the problem with the donut.

I think a better comparison would be...

What's worse... regularly eating bread and multigrain crackers or regularly consuming high sugar drinks?

If I was doomed to a life or one or the other, I would be quite vexed. If I was gluten intolerant or had bad reactions to it, I would be forced to choose the daily gulping of high sugar drinks. But if not, I might opt for the bread and crackers. I know grain gluten is no good (hence my vexed-ness) but eating loads of sugar will jack you up in many ways as well, and at least the grain has some potential contributing nutrients. The sugar, has virtually zero. The only good it would provide would be the energy your body gets from the glucose.

This is a tough one. I'll repeat my first point. Both are awful.

Out of curiosity, are you being held at gun point or something? That might be the real question here. Is this question code for a cry for help? If yes, update your avatar to blink twice...

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

(540)

on May 28, 2011
at 02:41 PM

@Jack you are absolutely right! Both are evil to be sure both are loaded with crap and sugar. Skittles are gluten free; it says so write on the wrapper lol. Like that makes a difference on whether I should eat them or not. This questions stems from my life long battle with food and when I the stress of the day meets a room full of fat engineers and my will power has left me... Ideally I would be prepared with my own cornucopia of good foods to snack on. A better question is how do I get through the my sugar withdrawals while trying to lose weight?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 01, 2011
at 03:37 AM

somebody just downvoted this! I just re-read it, and I can't imagine why anyone would downvote this. amazing. what did I say here that is disagreeable?

5cbd326041fead0c1ec71fbd106ef083

on August 04, 2011
at 02:33 PM

I wish one was not allowed to downvote without a comment explaining why.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:05 PM

@Erik, I answered you in an answer below re: sugar withdrawals. Hope it helps!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 26, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Gluten by far. Gluten, next to MSG(not natural) and genetically modified organisms are some of the worst things you can put in your body.

Processed Sugar(high in fructose) is bad is in excess and is worse if processed of course but not as detrimental as gluten IMO.

Glucose is fine, our body recognizes it and can make use of it as energy.

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on August 04, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Gluten by far. Our bodies have capacity to use sugar/glucose/fructose as fuel. There's nothing wrong with consuming sugar. Gluten on the other hand is an irritant, hardly digestible, hardly healthy.

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(10611)

on August 04, 2011
at 01:53 PM

The sugar. If you're diabetic. The gluten. If you're allergic to it.

But if you don't fall into either category, why obsess? Go for a walk. It'll kill cravings and will do your body some good.

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8828d5922b47a0e2b82bde2232037746

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on September 20, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Strangely, I've heard that drug dealers don't use their own products. Imagine buying drugs from someone who was shaking, emaciated, twitching, and talking to people that aren't there? My approach with the office pusher is to look at them and decide whether you want their belly, three chins, and their pharmaceutical habit. Sadly, the office pusher indulges in their own product and the results often speak for themselves.

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on September 20, 2011
at 04:51 PM

When you cook bones you produce enough industrial gelatin to glue up 29 chairs. Why not eat a can of sardines instead?

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 26, 2011
at 11:31 PM

For me it was gluten flour. If I had some dim sum - especially those yummy gooey things stuffed with a mango custard - I'd be desperate for a nap within 15 minutes. I'm talking about a pull-over-while-on-the-freeway-on-the-way-home-from-work-and-doze kind of desperation and my blood glucose was spiking. I'm pretty sure I am (was) prediabetic, though don't know why sugar by itself wasn't quite as bad - maybe it was the fructose slowing things down?

Anyway this wouldn't be universal of course - people have different and 'personalized' reactions to different foods.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on May 26, 2011
at 07:46 PM

hmmmm, bring your own snack? 8)

In my experience, having the skittles or the donuts just leads me to having more bad decisions. I have to refrain completely.

If, however, I HAD to decide, I would go with skittles because I know the donut will give me a raging headache and put me in a stupor for the rest of the day. Currently, though, I don't know if I could make it through an entire bag of skittles without similar results...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 26, 2011
at 10:43 PM

The problem is skittles isn't just "sugar". It's got even things probably worse. Artificial colors, other additives, genetically modified stuff like corn products(starch, high fructose corn sugar) or whatever. The GMO is prob the worst part. Believe it or not artificial colors have been linked to learning problems/attention deficit.

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

(540)

on May 26, 2011
at 08:15 PM

You're absolutely correct about bringing my own snack. When I prepare accordingly and bring paleo friendly snacks I can pass on the junk. It's when I don't have them that I get into trouble. Ultimately though I am setting myself up for failure if I don't have a cooler full of healthy alternatives.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 05, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Some people are allergic to gluten (about 1-10% based on different reports) but everyone is adversely affected by directly ingesting the primary signaling molecule for metabolism and appetite control - glucose. Let's not forget dental carries also.

From an both an epidemiological and metabolically disruptive perspective sugar is worse by far.

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2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Erik, you wrote in a comment: "A better question is how do I get through the my sugar withdrawals while trying to lose weight?"

GAH, my problem totally! I'm a hopeless sugar addict. My answer: fruit. Particularly citrus and berries. You will read posts where fruit is discouraged if one is trying to lose weight, but if you are choosing cupcakes or donuts over an orange, you've got bigger problems. (I'm not offending- just being honest with you!)

I have problems with sugar cravings in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. In the morning, I make sure to load up with fat, fat, fat, and that does help me cut the cravings. And I tell myself to get through lunch and then I can eat my fruit. :) Everyday I pack an orange, grapefruit, or a small container of berries for mid-afternoon. I tell myself I MUST eat my healthy sweet snack before I can eat a crappy one. I eat it slowly and try to really enjoy it. 19 times out of 20, it works, because I'm not really hungry- it's just a craving. By the time I feel the urge to eat something sweet again, it's almost time to leave work and hit the gym, so it's easier to cope with and ignore. (I personally stay away from bananas and apples as snacks, higher sugar and carbs gets me wonky and wanting more.)

I also eat a small "paleo" treat, square of dark chocolate at night, or small glass of sweet red wine after supper if the sugar craving kicks up.

This doesn't mean you won't goof up, but it will be easier to deal with if you give yourself the right choices. Given the effects of gluten on a person's digestive system + total body, and how long it can affect a person after ingestion, I tend to think gluten is worse than sugar. But of course, natural sugars and sweeteners are better than white granulated sugar, and everything in minimal amounts is key. You are not perfect; you will never be; but you can minimize the damage and still feel good if you keep working at it. :)

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Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on May 26, 2011
at 09:57 PM

" Thanks, but I don't do sugar" takes care of both choices quite neatly...;)

I have to say they are BOTH total poison to me...but then I've already been down the road of being very "broken" and the long road back to enjoying basically perfect health today...so, no allure there.

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

(540)

on May 28, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I have been to that place; the place where sugar has no grip over me. Getting back there has proven difficult. Oddly enough it was when I started paleo and crossfit the first time that got me off my game. bag of apples... Natures candy bar :)

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Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on May 26, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Ask them if they would like a nice glass of heavy whipping cream. They should leave you alone after that.

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9b1c7f91f760b4dba0084eb2cb9bbbf1

on February 21, 2012
at 04:45 PM

are you people insane? there's nothing wrong with gluten unless your gluten intolerant. And Skittles.....much less calories. Nobody answers his questions.....obviously he knows they're both bad so dont answer and say neither because it doesnt help anyone

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:53 PM

-1 for being rude, abusing the English language, and providing completely inaccurate information.

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