6 Myths About Sugar that Will Blow Your Mind

I doubt there is anyone who doesn’t know that high sugar intake is detrimental to our health. After all, the Internet is filled with studies, documentaries and testimonials about sugar’s the ill effects.

However, in the midst of this ocean of information (and misinformation) about sugar, there are myths about sugar that many have come to believe. Luckily, most of these myths don’t have any ill effects on your health. But they’ll definitely blow your mind and change your perception about sugar.

6 Myths About Sugar that Will Blow Your Mind

Myth 1: You need to go on a sugar-free diet to stay healthy.

Since sugar has been linked to diabetes, obesity, cancer and other serious health conditions, many try to completely cut it out of their diet.

That is not necessary. Small amounts of sugar can give you energy without ruining your health.

The FDA recommends limiting sugar intake to less than 10 percent of your total daily caloric intake, which is about 12.5 teaspoons a day. Note that this includes sugar from all sources, even healthy ones such as fruits.

Myth 2: Some types of sugars are better than others.

Are you confused whether to use white or brown sugar or honey? The truth is, all these types of sugar are high in calories, and your body breaks them all down into glucose.

Usingnatural sugars in place of table sugar won’t help, if your goal is to lose weight or regulate blood sugar levels. However, natural sugars such as honey and molasses do contain beneficial nutrients.

Myth 3: All sugary foods are sweet.

If you don’t eat candy or any other sweet foods, you may assumethat you’re on a sugar-free diet. The truth is non-sweet foods such as soups, sauces and low-fat foods, can actually contain high amounts of hidden sugar.

It’s important to read labels if you’re trying to cut back on sugar to make sure you’re not unknowingly consuming excess sugar.

Myth 4: Sugar-free foods are healthier.

Don’t be too quick to grab sugar-free foods. These foods may contain high amounts of sodium, fats and artificial sweeteners. You’re better off consuming unprocessed foods, since they don’t contain hidden ingredients.

Myth 5: You need to avoid fruit.

We’ve been told to eat more fruit ever since we were kids. However, the demonization of sugar has made some question whether the sugar in fruit harms our health. The truth is, fruits have more sugar than other whole foods, but they also contain fiber and vitamins and offer chewing resistance.

In fact, most people feel full after eating one large apple, which only contains 13 grams of fructose. This is not the same as drinking a bottle of coke, which has 30 grams of fructose and no nutritional value.

The benefits of fruits outweigh the effects of the fructose it contains. Research shows that eating fruit every day can lower the risk of heart disease by seven percent.

Myth 6: Sugar makes kids hyperactive.

Ask any parent, and they will tell you that sugar makes kids hyperactive. But research shows that’s not true.Different studies have proven that sugar does not affect behavior in children.

In this study, mothers rated their children as hyperactive when they were told they had ingested sugar, while in truth they hadn’t. Another study found that parents didn’t think their kids were hyperactive if they didn’t know they ate sugar.

Which of these sugar myths did you find most surprising? Are there other myths about sugar that youd add to this list? Tell us in the comments.

97 comments

Sophie A
Sophie A12 days ago

tyfs

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Emma L
Emma L21 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Edgar Z
Edgar Zuim26 days ago

Thanks.

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Marija M
Marija M27 days ago

tks

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A28 days ago

tyfs

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Diane Wayne
Past Member 29 days ago

cheers. 3 fruits a day for me...banana, kiwis, and an apple mostly

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Crystal G
Crystal G29 days ago

For #6, it depends on the child or adult. And the article is correct too.

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyerabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Melanie St Germaine
Melanie St. Germaineabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing

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Magdalen B
Magdalen Babout a month ago

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