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Refined sugars vs Carbohydrates. Are all sugars unhealthy?

To counter junk food, some doctors, nutritionists, the media and many others managed to create a real phobia, a fear not only based on sugars, but also on carbohydrates in general. Nevertheless, care should be taken not to confuse everything.

Do not confuse carbohydrates with refined sugars

Behind the carbohydrates, it’s actually the sugars that are problematic. Sugars are known under several names that can hide what they truly are. There may be sucrose (another term for sugar), glucose syrup or evaporated cane syrup… Often, products also contain pure glucose, fructose, milk sugar (lactose) or maltose. All these sugars are refined industrial sugars, whether they come from milk or fruit.

The effects of these sugars on health are similar to those of the white sugars that you can find at home. However, refined sugars are considered by many to be harmful to the body. Some even qualify them as «poisonous».


Refined sugar and carbohydrates, what’s the difference?

How to tell the difference? Certainly not with the color. 90% of white sugar comes from beetroot and has not been refined, while brown sugar is a refined sugar from sugar cane, which owes its color to an industrial process that whitens it.

Simple carbohydrates include glucose, fructose, and galactose that can form sucrose, which means table sugar, lactose or maltose. Complex carbohydrates include starch, glycogen and fiber.

A refined sugar is a sugar from which all its vitamins and minerals have been removed. It has no nutritional interest except that of bringing pure energy to your body, but on a very short period of time. Then the additional energy is quickly stored in your body.

Refined sugar, a poison?

Refined sugar is now associated with more and more health issues: addictions, mental problems, deficiencies, obesity, memory problems, hypertension and heart disease. We will not detail everything here, there are hundreds of articles on this subject. Enough to keep you busy reading for a while.

Sugar Is Not Only a Drug but a Poison Too
11 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad for You
Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison


The benefits of unrefined sugars?

Unrefined sugars have not undergone any industrial processing. And that makes them less harmful to health. Some even have recognized benefits. Learn more.

– Honey: Rich in B vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and mineral salts.
– Maple syrup: Rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
– Cane sugar: Rich in vitamins and minerals
– Coconut sugar: Rich in vitamins and minerals, especially polyphenols, potassium in large quantities.
– Fructose: Greater sweetness and lasting effect of satiety.

To learn more.

This is why Fourmi Bionique favors these unrefined sugars in all our recipes! We buy pure, organic, fair and/or local products, for which we always control the origin and quality.

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