I have been avoiding sugar now in my daily diet, which can be classified as moderate ketogenic, for about 2,5 years now, as I write these words in November 2017. Sugar or better sucrose, I have been taught is a di-saccharide, which consist of one molecule glucose and one molecule fructose. If you, like most people on this globe who live on a Western diet, burn mainly glucose for your energy, there is no problem with that, as long as you are healthy and insulin sensitive. With fructose there is more of a problem, the body cannot uptake fructose very well at all and your liver needs to go through a process of converting fructose into fat. A conversion process which is similar compared to dealing with ethanol i.e alcohol, which we all know is toxic and the liver always get rid of toxic stuff first. Consuming a whole lot of sugar (sucrose) therefore gives your liver the same type of heavy workload as folks that drink a whole lot of alcohol, without providing the brain the buzz therof people seem to be looking for. Refer for more detail to the magic video of Dr. Robert Lustig- Sugar- The bitter truth- link : HERE
So- the impact of sugar has been clear to me for some time now. What I always struggled with was starch or better the poly-saccharides, which are the primary content of things like wheatbread, pasta, rice, cookies, potatoes and roughly 80% of the processed foods you find in a supermarket. On Monday I found an article written by Zoe Harcombe in my mailbox, which greatly improved my understanding on this subject also. Starch (poly-saccharide=several sugars) is broken down by the body in glucose only mono-sacharrides. Fine- again- if you are insulin sensitive and can efficiently burn glucose- a disaster if you insulin-resistant. Uncomprehensible therefore that conventional medicine tell diabetics to put carbs in the diet of a Type 2 diabetic, since it obviously raises their blood sugar level tremendously, due to failing insulin sensitivity. Criminal?
Anyway- Zoe´s article I borrowed - I am sure she wouldnt mind for once- and follows below
Sugar vs Carbohydrate – what’s the difference?
What are carbohydrates?
The sugar cube graphic