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Sugar: Its many disguises

May 18, 2016

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Uma Naidoo, MD, Contributor

Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Naidoo trained at the Harvard … See Full Bio
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Sami Motaghedi
May 30, 2016

Fruits, honey, root veggies, and bread are healthy to eat. I eat carbs daily or I’ll need to drink coffee/energy drinks to survive the day.

Maria Jasmine Freeman
May 22, 2016

Very well said; thanks. Add to that one point; simple refined sugars are great food for pathogenic flora in our guts, meanwhile the healthy flora would be food-deprived by the escorting low-fiber intake. In this manner, pathogenic flora proliferate immensely, resulting in Dysbiosis, reverberating at multiple fronts, not the least of, the occurrence of a leaky gut presumably culpable of obesity, and allergic, immune, and hormonal disorders, and more. From here, in this framework, perhaps honey, by virtue of its content of prebiotics( oligosaccharides), amino acids, enzymes, etc .., can be voted for as healthy despite its sugar content.
Back to nature; vegetables, grains, nuts, ( and fish), probiotic foods, and the least processed foods are best.
Hana Fayyad M.D.

Charles Garascia
May 21, 2016

On the other hand: Any Starch we eat is turned into Sugar by the Hydrochloric Acid in our stomachs. This is a catalytic reaction that can’t be changed. So a bread roll at a meal really represents a lot of sugar. All bread, pancakes, rolls, tortillas, chips, etc. all mostly become Sugar after eating. Maybe eating foods that slowly release their starches may make sense?

Coryl LaRue Jones, PhD
May 21, 2016

1954, a 220 lbs teen, hospitalized for observation because they said I gained weight because I cheated on my diet–in 7 days I gained 3 pounds because they fed me jello and canned fruit. 1968, a 165 lbs PhD at conference at a medical school, they said I could request my special diet (no carbs) because the co-sponsor was their nutrition department. When the attendees received roast beef, I got canned fruit and cottage cheese. When confronted, the nutritionist said I had their protein, no carb plate. 2012, hospitalized with MERSA in a Hopkins hospital, coming out of a coma: toast, fruit juice, fruit in a bowl, no protein. Negotiations rose to the chief nutritionist, but a concession, I could get two units of protein instead of one, and I could leave the fruit juice, fructose, starch, sugars, etc., on the tray. I didn’t have to eat it. We have not come a long way.

joe overstreet
May 20, 2016

I have reviewed my eating habits and really believe my intake of sugar helped me with my heart disease which caused 4 bypasses. three heaping teaspoons in four or five coffees really adds up. my mental facilities improved greatly and I feel new. twenty five pounds of them poison didn’t last long. since I gave up sugar there’s an unopened bag in their pantry. amazing.

May 19, 2016

Your post omits the Dietary Reference Intakes, which are the basis for nutrient recommendations in the United States and Canada. There are no upper limits for added sugars in the DRIs; however, it is recommended that intakes not exceed 25% of energy as this may result in lower micro-nutrient levels in certain populations. Also all plants produce sugars – glucose, fructose and sucrose – through photosynthesis. The sugars in the ketchup includes sugars from tomatoes; the sugars in the vegetable juice are from the various vegetables and fruit that are in this product. These are naturally occurring sugars, similar to those found in the corresponding vegetables or fruits.

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