This topic is still a sore one for some people because they believe that sugar alone is what causes you to become fat, not the consumption of calories itself.
Sugar since the 1970s has gotten a bad rap and from what I understand and have seen, it started with the release of sweet and dangerous by John Yudkin in 1972. There were other individuals and also other releases that stemmed this hate on sugar but from what I can see I believe this really started it all or contributed to the discouragement of having sugar the most.
Although there were a lot of good points in the book which talked about things such as how sugar is easily more consumable and isn’t as satiating as other macros and can also contribute to the likes of obesity, it isn’t the sole reason why people have become overweight or became diabetic.
It’s the total consumption of calories that causes someone to have their body fat percentage raised to a higher degree which eventually caused the person's body to become diabetic. It was not the sugar itself.
Your body uses sugar as a natural means to break down and use as energy. It's not toxic for you. However, like many other things in life, if you abuse it and continue to eat processed foods then you are opening yourself up to the possibility of getting inflammation issues that vary in possibilities.
And yes, it can contribute to you gaining body fat and weight but again it’s the total amount of calories. If it was the case, then Mark Haub wouldn’t have lost 27 pounds, dropped his LDL cholesterol, and reduced his blood pressure and also visceral fat just off of twinkies, Oreos, and chips among other trans fat and sugary foods. It's actually a pretty interesting article to read called the twinkie diet.
I am also not advocating you just eat sugary foods and saying it's fine to have them whenever you want. But it begs the question if it was possible to not only lose body fat while just having sugary foods and also, by medical standards, improve your overall health, then can it really be terrible for you to have? I don’t think so.
Aside from other studies showing sugar itself is safe for consumption, the idea that too much fruit is also bad for you because it’s loaded with sugar is just ridiculous. And also, because fruit has high fructose, some people have labeled it unsafe because of a ridiculous study claiming it can be bad for your health because it could raise your LDL cholesterol.
Fruit, in general, is a great thing to eat as they are low in calories and also have a high amount of water in them giving you good hydration and is beneficial for weight loss. And as for the worry of it having fructose. Fructose is also sugar your body breaks down naturally and the amount of fructose someone would need to have for you to have a negative effect on your body isn’t even possible for any person to consume in any amount of time.
so, it's no sense to not have fruit because it could raise your LDL cholesterol. What’s going or raise your LDL cholesterol is the high number of total calories you keep eating day in and day out that breaks down and gets stored as fat and then eventually as visceral fat because of the overconsumption of calories you are intaking. That is what will cause your LDL cholesterol to increase over time, not fruit.
So don’t be afraid to eat sugar. Watch your total calories and like everything else, don’t over-indulge and use in moderation.
Disclaimer: Adam is not a doctor nor a nutritionist. This is all from the experience Adam has gained through himself and through schooling. Through his videos, Adam shares his personal and educational experience that he has acquired over the past years of training individuals through fitness and nutrition. Adam would strongly recommend you see your physician before starting or completing any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition to participate in the exercises which are why consulting your physician would be recommended.
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