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The following myths are debunked: Artificial sweeteners are healthier for you, sugar satisfies you, eating fruit is bad for you (LOL!), organic sugar is healthier, and sugar free diets are the answer. Artificial sweeteners may actually raise your blood sugar levels and even change the bacteria in your intestines. Eating healthier foods with fiber, protein and good fats will keep you satisfied longer than those with high sugar. Fruit does have natural sugar but also comes packaged with nutrients, fiber and a low energy density and it's added sugar that you need to watch out for. Raw sugar offers no health benefits and not all foods labeled "sugar-free" are truly free of added sugar.
Contributed by Sam Feldstone
While this sphinx-like sculpture looks to be made of stone, it's actually made or refined sugar! Kara Walker's 35-foot tall creation is called, "A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant." Phew, that's some title huh?
Contributed by Alyssa Green
The common stereotype about diabetics is that they cannot eat sugar. This is ridiculous as most food groups contain some orientation of sugar be it glucose, fructose, sucrose, or dextrose. Type 1 diabetics count carbohydrates when using insulin to correct for the sugar that will be broken down upon being consumed. Sugar and carbohydrate ratios are similar in most fast-acting sugars like glucose, however, one has to consider net carbohydrates in complex sugars such as dextrose. Glucose is a simple sugar with six Carbon atoms on its molecular structure (a short carbon chain for a sugar). Dextrose is more of a complex sugar (a type of glucose that is present naturally in foods such as corn). Diabetics CAN eat sugar and as a type 1 diabetic myself I consume sugary foods on a regular basis! The important thing to remember for you other diabetics out there is moderation. Sweets containing glucose is small amounts should be used to treat a low blood sugar. Otherwise stick to complex carbohydrates/sugars such as breads or pastas that are healthy for you and supply long lasting energy.
Contributed by Ben Aaron Shea