Sugar is the “essence” of our muscles. Without him, man would be motionless! But it is stored very poorly and in very small quantities: after a few minutes of effort, there are no more available. On the other hand, it can quickly be stored, but in the form of fat.
Nature has given us a spontaneous taste for sweetness; you’ve noticed that when you are hungry, you rarely want to eat broccoli.
Sugars that also cause an immediate reaction of pleasure, which is probably the reason why we often abuse it. But alas, the body knows how to store sugar, in a form that is difficult to transform, so that the body is in constant search of this great fuel in large quantities in nature during periods of opulence. This sugar reserve is called fat! We always forget this obvious physiology: fat is only a sugar reserve!
So how do you limit the consumption of sodas?
If you like to end your meals on a sweet note, prefer to take a fruit.
Consume your dairy products without adding sugar and decorate them with diced fruit, compote with no added sugar…
What about synthetic sweeteners?
The famous lollipops! These are false sugars – aspartame is the best known – which have a sweetening power 300 to 400 times greater than that of sugar, which explains why for an equivalent effect, their calorie intake is negligible.
The performance is impressive for so-called “light” drinks: one liter of cola, whatever its brand, provides 100 grams of sugar. Its light version, nothing at all.
It is also an area in which the most contradictory studies are almost daily.
The weight of lobbies does not help with clarity.
Health authorities believe today that these products are not dangerous, however, diabetes specialists believe that they are the bed of this disease … Diabetology congresses give more and more precise information on their role in the onset of the disease without, however, leading to their eviction.
It is also true that sweeteners do not “wean” the sweet taste and can thus help maintain, in your body, the predilection for the sweet taste and therefore make relapse likely at any time.
But from all this does not come out a precise medical recommendation.
So, one can choose, in this area, a pragmatic attitude: not to use them, but when it is too difficult, for example with drinks, to consume them, without too many ulterior motives.
Just weaning time …
Doctor Jean-François Lemoine
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