Sugar has gotten a bad rap lately - especially with diets like Keto and Whole30 increasing in popularity, which eliminate sugar pretty much altogether. But since there’s so much information about sugar out there, how do you tell what’s true and what isn’t? We’ve dispelled a few common myths below to help.
Myth #1: All Sugar is Created Equal
All sugar, when it comes down to it, is sugar - but there’s a variety of different types that are created and processed in various ways. Refined sugar, like the white and brown sugar you may find in a cookie or pastry, has been stripped of important nutrients. In comparison, our Rock Sugar Crystals are slow cooked from pure, organic sugarcane to stay as natural as possible. Naturally-occurring sugars found in complex carbohydrates and fruits help us to manufacture glucose to keep our bodies running, and contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are more beneficial than the stripped down, refined version of sugar.
Myth #2: Use Artificial Sweeteners over Sugar
Artificial sweeteners, including Stevia, saccharine, or aspartame, are often used in place of sugar to decrease the calorie count in beverages or foods. However, these sweeteners contain chemicals that may have been linked to certain side effects - most notably, an increase in the likelihood of developing diabetes. And, the verdict is still out on if consuming artificial sweeteners does limit people’s caloric intake overall - they may actually increase appetite, according to recent studies
Myth #3: Sugar is Addictive
It’s a commonly-held belief that sugar is addictive. Some even say that the human need for sugar is on par with narcotics. The fact is, scientists have been studying the effects of sugar for decades, and there has been little conclusive evidence that sugar itself is an addictive substance. However, Natacha Borrajo, a dietician at Baptist Health Primary Care, does point out that the human body experiences a primal need for sugar because glucose is used for fuel. Receptors in our brain light up when we intake sugar, and crave more of it to ward off starvation. That’s part of the reason why we crave more and more carbohydrates when we’ve already had a high intake.
While sugar shouldn’t be a primary part of your diet, as these dispelled myths suggest, there’s not much evidence to suggest that it will wreak havoc on your body in moderation. A few sprinkles of a natural, organic sugar - like our Rock Sugar Crystals - can be a delicious addition to your cup of chai tea, coffee, or iced beverage.