Benefits of Sugar

Many Sugars, One Glucose

Sugar, honey, and the sweetness of fruit have components that become glugose. Whatever natural sweet you eat, including refined sweets and starches, can become glucose in your body. There are two big issues in the way in which sugar affects you. The main issue is how long it will take for it to become sugar. The second issue is what other ingredients come in that sweet.

Starches have to be converted into sugars before they can be used as fuel or as the basis for the production of glucosamine. Therefore, starches stay in your body longer time before you consume them. If you have consumed sugar and starch, your body will consume the sugar and store the starch. Unhappily, starch can be used to make fat, or to add to the production of fat if you also ingest fats. Therefore, if you eat sugar and starches, your body will use at least some of the starch to make fat. If you eat sugar, starch, and fat, then your body can use the sugar as fuel, to produce glucosamine, and store the starch and fat as fats. Therefore, there is no better recipe to become fat than mixing sugar, starch, and fat.

Consequently, what other ingredients come in our sugar should be a major concern to those of us worried about our weight. Therefore, even though we call so many things sugars, not all sugars are the same. Their common denominator is that all of them can be converted to glucose by our body. Their differences are based on how much effort it is to convert them.

Many sweets in nature, such as fruit and honey come with an array of other very important nutritional components. Fruits tend to include fiber, vitamins and minerals. Honey is also very rich in enzymes. But all sugars have one extremely important function: They become glucose, the fuel our body needs to survive.

What is sugar good for?

Sugar is sucrose that becomes glucose. Glucose is easily regulated by our body if we eat it regularly. If our levels are low and we get some glucose, the body does rush to consume it. But this is because glucose is so essential for us to live. Glucose is our energy. It keeps our body sustaining a regular temperature. Our brain thinks using glucose. The production of myelin requires glucose and its derivative, glucosamine. Collagen, the basic fabric of our body is made with glucose and glucosamine. Glucose contributes to transport monocytes. Diabetic people end up with poor defenses because of their poor glucose levels. Glucose and its derivative, glucosamine are essential for muscle formation. Two of our skin main components are collagen and elastin. Both need glucose and glucosamine to be formed. Without sugar our skin ages. In fact, without sugar our body ages much faster. Sugar is good for living, for thinking, and for the regeneration of our bodies. Yet, so many people preach against it.

Empty calories?

I keep reading that white crystals are empty calories. Where does it fit in a person's mind that the most important nutrient in our diet (glucose) is a zero. White sugar has sucrose which becomes glucose. And we have learned that glucose is essential for every metabolic process.

The way I see it, when I am eating sugar, I am having only the ingredient I want to have. I get the rest of my nutrition from other foods. Thus, sugar is not empty calories. Sugar is calories from glucose. A very good site that describes calories and what you need is:

Can sugar make you diabetic?


It is a fact. Diabetes is a genetic condition. People are born diabetic. Their pancreas progressively becomes less efficient. This process can be accelerated by bad eating habits, such as eating too many sweets and fats. But if they did not have the condition initially, they do not become diabetic by becoming obese or eating fat.

The American Diabetes Association has a page to debunk diabetes myths:

The New Glucose Revolution

I just bought the book "The New Glucose Revolution". Its copyright dates back to 1996. In the introduction it includes myths about sugar and the corresponding facts.

"Myth 7: Sugar is fattening.

FACT: .... It's the total energy (calories) rather than the sugar in those energy-dense foods that may contribute to new stores of body fat."

I would add that some calories are much easier to convert into usable energy and collagen than others. The more difficulty your body has to make them usable, the higher the probability it will store it. Sugar is very easily convertible into usable resources. Starches are more difficult to convert. Fats are even more difficult. Proteins, aided by sugar are much more usable than proteins without it.

I really recommend this book. I have not finished reading it, but I am finding it very informative. The strange thing is that the knowledge I am trying to offer in this blog had been published already more than 10 years ago. Why is it that so many people stay convinced that sugar is fattening? Is the result of a corporate campaign?

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gramon1 3 years ago from Miami Author

Victor, unintelligent idiots have amazing and impressive debating skills. What is the next comment after "shut up"? Is it a physical attack? Perhaps you should leave your thoughts where you left your writing skills.

victor 3 years ago

shut up

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gramon1 3 years ago from Miami Author

Also, thinking about it, the article claims that over a 10 year period, increasing sugar consumption in a large percentage of population increased the onset of diabetes by 1.1%. Then, what happened by the other 98.2% whose onset of diabetes did not increase?

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gramon1 3 years ago from Miami Author

First of all, whoever you are, you accuse, yet you do not even post a pseudo name. Second, as with everything, there is contradictory information. However, the information that claims that sugar causes diabetes is unbased. Diabetes is an illness of the pancreas that is common to too many people. In people who have pancreas problems, sugar can acceletate the development of diabetes. However, the rest of us do not have to worry about it. Obesity, without sugar can also accelerate the development of diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association does stipulate that diabetes type 2 develops from a combination of genetic and life style factors. This does not mean that if you eat sugar, you will get diabetis. It means that if you have the genetic propensity and eat sugar, you will increase your chances at diabetes. Even with that, not all sugars are the same. Eating fruit will give you less of a chance at diabetes or obesity than drinking sugar based drinks.

One thing I found before I gave up on academia was the narrow mindednes of people who become vicious against those people who contradict what they hold as truth.

Ana 3 years ago

Just so you know, I have reported the article to Hubpages:

The content is misleading and can endanger people's health. The author claims that sugar is not linked to diabetes. This directly contradicts the latest scientific research.

And here is the study:

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gramon1 3 years ago from Miami Author

Big Bill, I do eat some saturated fats, milk and its byproducts contain encimes that help convert fat into protein. Many saturated fats are omegas and contribute to burn other fats away. Our brain requires saturated fat to produce myelin. I used the wrong word in my comment. In fact, dairy products, eggs, salmon, avocado, and shrimp helped me lose weight when I was in my diet. They were part of my protein consumption.

Big Bill 3 years ago

not a bad article, but i have to point out your misinformation about saturated fat. it's something that should be eaten in moderation, but natural saturated fat is quite a healthy thing. unsalted butter, unrefined coconut oil, and amounts found naturally in meat & egg yolks (etc.) is what i'm talkin about - the only fat you have to fear is the dreaded trans. cooking with fats of any kind is something i've given up though - if you decide to cook with fats, make sure it's with low heat so as to avoid smoke point. these days i go with steaming or grilling.

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loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

Interesting and useful, I had no idea that glucose played such a major role in our system. This is a very informative hub, thanks for the share.

Gabe CHC, PT 4 years ago

Saturated fats are very good for you. They can not become solid in the body and clog artiers. Saturated fats are only solid at room temp. Your brain is primary lipids your heart needs fat to function and your cells are surronded in fat. There is no reason to eat sugar refined or natural. They both cause a spike in insulin therefor causing hormones to fluctuate. This is why people feel happy then sad. Happy then sad and never stabble! This is coming from someone that was diagnosed with lyme disease, Multiple S. And a number of other stupid diseases that don't really exist.

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gramon1 5 years ago from Miami Author

Nikolai, it really is irrelevant whether anyone agrees or not with something. The fact is that diabetes is an illness of the pancreas and is caused by genetic elements. Indeed, diabetes is simply a condition in which a percentage of the pancreas does not work. That percentage increases with the years. Your pancreas can accomplish everything you need even when a large percentage of its cells are not functioning. So, people are diagnosed as diabetic when they reach the level in which the pancreas can not regulate large variations in insulin levels . Most people never get to that point. The people who get to that point can regulate their insulin levels by cutting down in sugars, avoiding being hungry, and using slower digestion starches to process the sugar in them more slowly and keep their insulin levels more balanced.

Eating sugar has never been part of a bad diet. Fruit, potatoes, legumes, and many other excellent meals provide us with sugar and many other nutrients. Eating saturated, hydrogenated, and trans- fats is bad.

Nikolai 5 years ago

I do not agree. I beleieve that diabetes is Not a genetic condition. The reason it affects young children is because the typical diet of the western world does not contai any meals with vegetables whatsoever $6. The tyical diet is full of starch and sugar. Anybody ca obtain diabetes and other degenerative diseases by eating nothing but crap. It is the diet that is killing people. Not genetics. It makes no sense to say that genetics is the cause of diabetes. So, I suppose you are saying that somebody who eats a diet completely despondent from sugar then they are going to have diabetes regardless. That makes no sense. A healthy diet will create a healthy diet. Point blank.

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gramon1 5 years ago from Miami Author

Thanks John and Tamila.

I injured my back about 18 months ago and had to stop exercising. Slowly, I started eating fats and starches, and won lots of weight. 7 weeks ago, I started exercising again and got back into a low faT, very low starch diet. I have lost 20 pounds and look forward to be in good shape soon. To compensate for the reduction of fats, I have about trippled my sugar comsumption, mostly with figs, dates, and other dried fruits.

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Tamila Roberts 5 years ago from Canada

Awesome blog. Your topic is clearly explained and exposed. I believe you did good.

John 5 years ago

We just wanted to say that we use raw sugar regularly. We avoid pastries, and processed foods and only eat fresh fruits and veggies.

We eat eggs every day, as well as drink 8 glasses of water. We also use sea salt on our food. (I use about 1/2 teaspoon a day. (The RDA of salt is a little over 1 teaspoon a day.)

I also take flax seed oil capsules, vitamin b-6, zinc,and a good one a day vitamin.

We also consume potatoes and dark green vegetables on a regular basis.

Has any of this caused any problems for us? Well, before we started this program, My blood pressure was 240/140. My wife's pressure was 189/110.

We both started on the new eating habits together. We have been doing this now for over a month. My blood pressure is now 130/80. My wife's blood pressure is now

135/95. That is the lowest blood pressure for her in 10 years.

The person who said that artificial sweeteners are bad for you is correct. God made sugar cane, which when minimally processed is raw sugar. Man makes artificial sweeteners. Guess which one is better for you?

God made milk to churn into butter. Man takes grease and turns it into "tastes like butter." Guess which one is better for you?

The bottom line is that Man tampers with our food and lo and behold people get sick. SO why not eat foods that are the least tampered with? Makes sense to me.

We are healther than we have been in over 20 years.

Nuff said.

64 year old John

matilda garling 6 years ago

not enough info on the good benefits on sugar only bad ones

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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami Author

Thanks, Herbivore Hippy and BKCreative. I just added a section about a very informative book I found, The New Glucose Revolution. I recomment it.

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Awesome Hub! I am a Vegan so I consume A LOT of natural sugars from fruit but even in my tea or anything calling for sugar..there is nothing better than real sugar! Artificial sweeteners are sooo incredibly bad for you and do much more damage than just natural sugar. Very good and informative hub!

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gramon1 6 years ago from Miami Author

Thanks, BkCreative, in all the research I did, everything seemed indicate that sugar can be good or bad, depending on what it is mixed with. The worse combination we eat in our diet is SUGAR, FAT, and SALT. This combination is found in cookies and pastries everywhere in our culture. In addition, most sauces used in pasta, as gravies, or as ingredients for many meals have sugar dissolved in fat. Then, cheese and spices are added. This type of diet is guarantied to cause obesity.

I had lost all my excess weight several years ago, For a few years I had stayed trim and fit with a healthy diet and 90 minutes of exercise per day. But I am a very social person and get invited for dinner and lunch a lot, both for business and for recreation. Every time I went to a restaurant or a person's house, everything was fatty. Especially here in this Latin culture of Miami. Slowly, but steadily, I kept gaining weight again. Eventually, I had to stop having the pastas, the moose, the rice with chicken (and a ton of lard), etc.

An interesting thing that has continued happening is that when I tell people I am on a diet, they are very surprised that I have sugar in my coffee, drink coke, and eat all sorts of fruit. They ask me what the diet is. So, I have to constantly explain that I am just eliminating most fat. That sugar is not what fattens us up, but that fat is.

This is what made me decide write about this. There have been very intense campaigns that have been very misleading. People are completely misinformed about so much in nutrition. Half of the time people think that they are having vegetables, while they are having legumes (which are mostly starch. People think that sautéed food is not fattening. The list goes on.

Thanks for your comments, and for your posts too. They are also very informative.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Great hub!

We have gotten so afraid of sugar because we have been sold the idea that artificial sweeteners are better - but are are actually destroying our health.

I've traveled and visited most of the world - and other cultures use sugar regularly without the obesity and sicknesses we have in the US. Perhaps because it is used in cooking and as an ingredient (even in kimchi) - and not poured on cereal and in coffee and to kill the taste of our poor quality food - that other cultures have much success with it.

If I don't have a bit of sugar in my diet daily I feel weird - and I am a healthy older woman with no chronic conditions.

Thanks for great information!

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