I have heard about sugar being the poison to our health. At first, I don't have the reason to believe them until I have seen a 1.5 hours videos on the bitter truth of sugars. A spectacular video that have changed my mine. Sugar presence in our food naturally. The word 'natural' that begins to grow popularity. Sugar presence in foods such as fruits, grains, honey and milk. Let me remind you- it is all natural food, minimal interference from food processing technology.
So, why is sugar so poisonous? According to this video, sugar in the form of fructose (come from fruit) and alcohol get converted into fats that ends up trapped in our liver and muscle cells. Fats trapped in liver creates burden to our liver and a condition called fatty liver. Fats in muscle cells creates a situation called insulin resistance. Sugar can not be metabolized correctly, leading to more conversion into fat and it kept recurring.
So, is sugar bad for you? You bet. Is it a solid reason for us to switch to sugar substitutes or sweetener?
Well, it might be but wait a second.... Sugar substitutes or sweeteners aren't they made of something else that might have undesired side effects. Why are they more acceptable than pure table sugars? Is it something that society look into or is purely a result from marketing strategy?
Among popular sugar substitutes are stevia, aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame-K, saccharin, sugar alcohol and high fructose corn syrups. One would question how we have so many substitutes and among that, why are we having artificial sugar substitutes? It is through scientific studies but the most important reason they rise in popularity is because we want to get rid of sugar.
Comparing two different market, say an X developing countries where no one recognize sugar substitutes and all they can afford is sugar versus developed countries like Canada and America where we know and demand for sugar substitutes. The demand for sugar substitutes wouldn't exist in X countries but it will in Canada and America. We have seen a trend going towards replacing sugar with sugar substitutes in our fruit juices, bakery items, deserts and snacks.
People generally feel it is acceptable to have sugar substitutes because they have low/ zero calories -best for weight watcher. However, we also see the recognition of how high fructose corn syrups affect our health and no longer in-trend.
Society are followers and so does food companies. What recognize as acceptable socially will be incorporated into our life. Did we just turned sugar craves into sugar substitutes craves?