Sugar is the new fat. Poor sugar gets blamed for everything from diabetes to obesity to depression. We are told to banish all sugar from our lives and never look back if we want to be slim, trim and healthy.
The problem is this is an extremely narrow view of what truly is an essential energy source and nutrient. I am about to tell you a shocking secret the mainstream diet industry does not want you to know. Our cravings for “sweet” tastes are usually desires for energy and eating certain sweet foods is actually an intelligent way to practice intuitive eating.
What????? You are telling me sugar is healthy????
Yes, beauties, that is exactly what I am saying. Your body needs sugar.
I am not giving you carte blanche to eat the sugar bowl mind you, but a reasonable amount of sugar (yes, that even means sucrose) along with powerful salicylate containing fruits and fruit juices calms adrenals, stress, and inflammation in the body. Adding sea salt to fruit juice helps raise blood sugar to normal levels, lowers stress hormones that damage health and even encourages T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to convert to T3 (active thyroid hormone) helping to normalize thyroid function.
If that isn’t enough to add a small amount of sugar back into your eating plan, here is another shocker.
Sugar can actually increase your metabolic rate. Yes, that’s right. The holy grail of a trim figure and a lower number on the scale, metabolism actually gets a boost by adding some sugar and fruits into the diet. The very substance that has been vilified for years by conventional wisdom making it a battle of willpower to avoid sweets actually is responsible for a healthy boost to the metabolism.
Noted biochemist and endocrinologist Dr. Ray Peat says “Fructose inhibits the stimulation of insulin by glucose, so this means that eating sucrose, in place of starch, will reduce the tendency to store fat. Eating ‘complex ‘carbohydrates’ rather than sugars, is a reasonable way to promote obesity.”
For all those who have been
brainwashed told that quitting sugar ultimately leads to long term fat loss (through lipolysis which IS the breakdown of fat) however, unfortunately, because the body really does prefer glucose to fat for fuel source in the long term, glucogenesis begins which is the creation of glucose from the body’s own tissues. More on this tomorrow……
Let me assure you, most of those who preach the religion of no carbohydrates, and absolutely NO sugar are, in the long term, quite probably, causing damage to their metabolism. It may not be a popular idea but it is one I will explore in my next post The Case for Sugar.
You may be screaming at the computer emphatically declaring you gave up sugar (or know someone that has) and have never felt better. As someone who has given up sugar in the past, I can understand completely the hysteria when the lifestyle is being challenged. I promise all will be explained in detail tomorrow.
Until then, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.