About Processed Sugar
by Marcus Antebi
Article at a Glance:
It’s important to understand something crucial about sugar: It’s that all the entities that we refer to sugar are not the same thing.
Your body reacts differently to various types of simple sugars such as levulose, fructose, sucrose, and glucose. A person’s chemistry will use every type of sugar molecule in a different way, as there are different cause and effect reactions to the various types of sugar molecules it processes.
The kinds of sugar that people should stay away from are the types that have been extracted from plants and then processed to make them more concentrated: These are called “refined sugars.” Refined sugars are so unbelievably sweet that people have virtual orgasms in their minds when they eat them.
We seek these types of sweeteners because they make us feel good in the moment. They excite our taste buds and they change the dull feelings that keep us from being excited about simply existing. These sugars stimulate us and release opioids and dopamine in our bodies. (Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is a key part of the “reward circuit” associated with addictive behavior.)
If processed/refined sugar was good for us, then we’d be well advised to consume it as if it were medicine. But it isn’t good for us. Concentrated sugar accelerates our chemistry functions. The body breaks down refined sugar rapidly, causing insulin and blood sugar levels to skyrocket. And because refined sugar is digested quickly, one doesn’t feel full after eating it, no matter how many calories of it are consumed.
Avoid processed sugar not fruit.