Three Truths and a Lie About Sugar

Which carbs to shun, which to embrace — and WHY.

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Let’s let sugar speak for herself in a game of “three truths and a lie”.

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Lie: I am toxic to your body.

Clearly, sugar is NOT a toxin.

Truth 1: My liquid forms are your worst health foe.

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Truth 2: Eating less of me does NOT guarantee weight loss.

But…why did so many of my friends lose weight by cutting out sugars?

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Truth 3: A spoonful of me causes LESS of a blood sugar spike than eating white bread.

- The three main types of carbohydrates in our foods are starches, sugars, and fiber.
- All three types of carbs are made of the same three simple sugar units (glucose, fructose, galactose). They differ in how long the chains are, which units are linked together, and how.
- Most sugars are roughly half glucose and half fructose.
- Milk is the exception, it is made of half glucose and half galactose.
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Scientist (PhD Genetics @Stanford) * Mother * Passionate about science-based healthy choices * Lifelong learner * Founder: Fueled by Science

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