Sugar is the generic name for sweet, short chained soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in foods such as fructose, glucose and sucrose.
Simple sugars occur in some vegetables and most fruits, whereas complex ones such as lactose are found naturally in milk.
Sucrose comes from the stems of sugar cane and in the refined form is our typical table sugar.
Research reveals that high sugar intake stimulates the brain in much the same way that drugs do, therefore sugar is addictive.
Hidden sugars lurk everywhere ` way beyond those sneaky sachets at the local coffee shop. It is worth mentioning that honey is a favourite with millions on the planet and because it originates from bees it is concluded that it is natural and therefore healthy, but it is high in sugar and the intake should be limited. However, dark coloured honey does provide disease fighting anti-oxidants.
It is impossible to avoid sugar altogether and in fact we need some for ready energy to fuel our muscles and to keep our brains active.
The problem arises when our bodies are overloaded with refined sugar, resulting in unhealthy metabolic processes such as hypertension and raised blood sugar and ultimate weight gain.
The W.H.O. (World Health Organization) recommends at most about 25 grams of sugar per day, which equates to about 5 teaspoons, bearing in mind that a can of cold drink will exceed that limit !If this is beginning to sound like too much mathematics for one day’s existence, perusing the labels on seemingly benign item like pasta sauce and iced tea, one might be unpleasantly surprised to see how high sugar levels are and act as a guide line for intake.
It would be sacrilege for an article like this to exclude chocolate, that delectable first bite that sparks off happy signals like fire-works in the brain ! But it is not all gloom and doom, as the experts point out that one may sneak in a block of dark chocolate now and again with its high cocoa content, preferably sugar-free.
Finally, one can now boost one’s beauty regime with chocolate flavoured cosmetic items like bath foam, body creams and lipstick, inedible of course but with all the pleasures without gaining a single gram ! Make a point of calling Life Day Spa Fourways, Design Quarter or Soulstice Silverstar and enquire on their delectable full body chocolate treatments.