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Healthy sugar.

There seem to be so many kinds of sugar(s) these days. Can you tell me which kinds I should stay away from, which kinds are the "healthiest" option?

I urge people interested in their health to consider both the quality and quantity of sugar eaten. Quality: Eat foods as close to the way nature provides them as possible. Raw, brown cane sugar (sucrose) is a better choice than refined, white sugar (sucrose). Honey, maple syrup, and black strap molasses are healthier choices than white or brown sugar. Today, 55 percent of the sweetener used in manufacturing (I use that word consciously) foods is high-fructose corn syrup because it is sweeter and cheaper. Research indicates there are concerns about the negative impact HFCS has on health, specifically obesity.

Quantity: Eat less sugar of all kinds, except those naturally occurring in fruits. Eat the whole fruit, instead of drinking juice. Many Americans are addicted, either physically or emotionally, to sugar and the sweet taste. For many, taste and cost, not nutrition, are their priorities in selecting what foods to eat.

FYI: Any ingredient that ends in "-ose" indicates that it is a sugar.

Elizabeth Pavka, PhD, LN, is a wholistic nutritionist with 25 years' experience. Contact her at epavka@main.nc.us or 828-252-1406.
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Title Annotation:Your nutrition questions: answered
Author:Pavka, Elizabeth
Publication:New Life Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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