“No sugar”, “low sugar”, “three sugar”…Maybe you’re way too sweet!

2022-06-11 0 By

“Eating” is the “highlight” of Chinese New Year and festival, as well as a ritual that Chinese people are quite particular about.On the market, there are a variety of products to satisfy “appetite”, and the abundance of material life makes people no longer satisfied with “satiety”, but also begin to pursue the quality of food. The “low oil”, “zero calorie” and “zero sugar” foods on the shelves are more and more welcomed by consumers.But do you really read the ingredients list?How much nutritional information is relevant to your health behind just a few lines?At the beginning of the New Year, CCTV network and the Science and technology communication Center of China Association for Science and Technology will tell you about those things in the ingredients list.In this programme, Xue Yong, an associate professor at the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering at China Agricultural University, explains the secrets behind different types of sugar.1. Do “sugar-free” products have to be sugar-free?Xue Yong: we are looking at the ingredients, some food it does not necessarily indicate the “sugar free” without adding carbohydrates, its so-called sugar-free refers to no sucrose, maltose, fructose and glucose has a sweet taste of sugar, but it will add some don’t eat sweet, but is still a carbohydrate, still can be used to provide energy.So when we look at the ingredients list, we should not only look at whether it is sugar-free, but also look at the carbohydrate content.Many so-called low-sugar or sugar-free milk tea, in fact, its base material itself contains rich carbohydrates, as well as sugar substances, so its energy is relatively high.In addition, milk tea is also high in fat. A large part of the reason why we find it good to drink is that lipid substances add to its flavor.2. Why do “zero sugar” products taste sweet?Can diabetic patient eat?Xue Yong: I know that there are many drinks or milk teas on the market that claim “zero sugar” or “zero calorie”, but in fact, they use “substitute sugar” to provide sweetness, but it does not produce energy itself.Studies have shown that some sugar substitutes, such as aspartame, affect gut microbes, which in turn may lead to an increase in insulin resistance, one of the more clearly known negative effects.The current consensus is that the sweetener temporarily tricks the brain into affecting how it regulates blood sugar — when the brain receives the signal to regulate but doesn’t see a rise in blood sugar — and then increases the rise in blood sugar when you actually consume it, another potential risk.Studies of large populations have shown that both natural and artificial sweeteners increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even death.3. Is there any harm to the sugar we eat in our daily life?How should we scientifically consume sugar?Xue Yong: The latest nutrition research shows that fructose is harmful to human body in all directions. It will not only damage our adipose tissue to a certain extent, but also affect the nervous system.Some of the more common fruits, as well as honey, are high in fructose.Although fructose is bad for you, the dietary fiber in fruit, as well as polyphenols, including vitamin C, may help control your blood sugar, so eat in moderation.Nutrition pays attention to the “right amount”, in the right amount of circumstances it will provide us with energy.For example, this sugar is easy to absorb and can give us a quick fuel boost when we need it during exercise.But when you have excess nutrition, especially if you have abnormal glucose metabolism, if you continue to consume it, it’s very easy to raise blood sugar, which can have some adverse health effects.In fact, the benefits of eating fruit normally far outweigh the risks. The key question is what type of sugar should we consume?A very important nutritional issue is that grains are now so finely processed and easily digestible that it’s easy to raise your blood sugar when you eat them.So what can be done to change this?Nutritionists recommend that people eat proper amounts of whole grains, which retain more fiber and active substances of polyphenols. Compared with refined grains, whole grains may help us control blood sugar and even prevent and treat some diseases caused by blood sugar.Statement: The copyright of this article belongs to the original author, if there is a source error or infringement of your legitimate rights and interests, you can contact us through the mailbox, we will deal with it in time.Email address: jpbl@jp.jiupainews.com