Doc Talk #76 – Sugar

 

 

We discussed the often-demonized (some might say maligned!) topic of sugar.

There is something of a distinction to be drawn between added sugars and naturally occurring sugars. Here is a list of 61 different names for added sugar!

The average Canadian eats 88 pounds of sugar each year and teenage boys typically eat more than 130 pounds of sugar each year (see this infographic from Macleans).

We discussed the concepts of glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL). If you are interested in learning about the glycemic index or load for particular foods there is a great list here.

It’s not the sugar that’s the enemy, it’s the lifestyle

The long term damage is probably from the changes in expectations, the risk of developing cravings and excess calorie intake in general.

Click the audio link above to listen again and learn more.