Sugar is a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants especially sugarcane and sugar beet consisting of sucrose and also used as sweetener in foods and drinks. Raw and brown sugar both contain slightly more minerals than refined white sugar because they contain molasses. While brown sugar gives a dab of calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium in sweetener and the amounts are too small to have any real health benefit.
Different Kinds Of Sugar.
Caster sugar: Is finely granulated white or pale golden sugar.
Confectioners sugar: Is a type of sugar that dissolves easily and is used for sweetening and decorating candies and desserts.
Nib sugar: Is a product of refined white sugar which is very coarse, hard, white and does not melt at temperatures , and is used for baking.
Demerara sugar: Is a type of raw cane sugar that has a large grain crunchy texture, and pale brown color.
The body uses all types of sugar as its main energy source especially for the brain and red blood cells. As much as sugar causes some health problems, without sugar the body will not be able to function properly. Natural sugar found in fruits, lactose and milk come from sources that benefits diet. Each gram of sugar contains 4 calories unlike complex carbohydrates. Sugar digests quickly and is easily broken down into glucose.
Sugar Types That Are Good For The Body
Stevia type: Unlike other sugar substitutes stevia is derived from a plant.
Honey: Honey contains less fructose and glucose when compared to sugar but contains more calories.
Coconut sugar: This sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and is touted as being more nutritious.
Agave: Agave syrup is sweeter than honey and tends to be less viscous.
Brown sugar: Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses.
Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For The Health
Sugar contains no essential nutrients and is bad for the teeth.
Sugar can cause insulin resistance causing metabolism syndrome and diabetes.
Sugar is high in fructose and can overload the liver.
Sugar causes cancer.
Sugar contributes to obesity in adults and children.
Symptoms of Sugar Disease (Diabetes)
- Increased thirst.
- Increased hunger.
- Dry mouth.
- Frequent urination or urine infections.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Blurred vision.