Sugar or honey-honey ?
In order to fight obesity, the government is putting higher tax
on food products that have higher amounts of sugar added.
But, does this really help the overweight epidemic that our
nation is moving towards?
Food companies are being extremely clever at getting around
this controversial issue and many add sugar substitutes that
are just as bad as sugar, this way justifying their “well good
First and foremost, let’s understand why added sugar is
linked to obesity and why it is so bad?
Sugar has a high Glycaemic Index (GI), hence the elevation in
your normal blood sugar levels when ingested. What follows
is an increase in the hormone insulin which immediately
converts the sugar in to fat. Throughout this process, the
blood sugar will drop considerably enough to make you feel
hungry again and at the same time leaving you feeling
lethargic. As a direct effect your body will ask for more food,
usually in the form of more sugar. This is referred to as “the
We also have to be aware of sugar substitutes such as honey as
they do exactly the same thing.
Here is a list of some of them: molasses, cane sugar, maltodextrin, high
fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, corn syrup, barley malt extract, treacle, golden syrup, glucose, dextrose, coconut
sugar….and many more.
If you are looking to lose some weight then choose your food
wisely. You can download a Glycaemic Index chart which
rates food on a scale from 0-100.
the closer to 100 the higher the GI
between 56-69 medium GI
foods below 55 have a low GI
Many diabetics have been using this chart and by opting for
lower GI foods, have lowered their body fat percentage