Do not be fooled. Sugar by any other name is sugar. Compound sugars are one small step away from simple sugar. The body reacts almost exactly the same to compound sugar as it does to simple sugar. There is no such thing as healthy sugar. All foods are broken down in glucose. Beyond a few pieces of in-season, non- hybridized*, grown in its own root system** – fruit per day, you do not need any extra sugar. It is hype, advertising, and false beliefs instilled by the mass marketers.
The process of hybridization has been in use since the 1960s. To better suit American tastes, growers breed fruits so they contain twice the sugar and half the fiber as their ancestors.
Most fruit is not grown in their own root system, but hydroponically. This means the fruit is not absorbing the nutrients from the soil as they did for millennia. Unless it’s organically grown in its own root system, you are eating a sugar ball with little nutrients. When you eat a food devoid of nutrients, your body must use its store of nutrients to break down the food, thereby not having those nutrients available for other vital needs.
Sugars are generally classified as either simple or compound. Simple sugars have one molecule called a monosaccharide. Compound sugars consist of more than one molecule.
Composition of simple sugars
1 ) Disaccharides have two molecules.
2) Trisaccharides have three molecules
3) Oligosaccharides have up to 6 monosaccharide molecules.
Oligosaccharides are found mainly in breast milk and plants. These coat the mucus membranes and are present in saliva. By linking monosaccharide molecules together, sometimes in the hundreds and thousands, a very large molecule is formed called a polysaccharide.
Compound sugars include:
1 ) Lactose (glucose and galactose) is also known as “milk sugar.”
2) Lactulose (galactose and fructose) is not found in nature, but is manufactured.
3) Maltose (two molecules of glucose) is also known as malt sugar found in malt, grains, and fruits.
4) Sucrose (glucose and fructose) is found in sugar cane, sugar beets, and maple syrup.
Starch and glycogen are polysaccharide molecules stored in the liver to be used as fuel when the need arises. Cellulose is another polysaccharide molecule that cannot be digested by humans because they do not have the necessary enzyme to do so.
Simple sugars save the body the extra step of breaking down a compound sugar. Some simple sugars can be found in the following:
I ) Galactose comes from plants.
2) Glucose is the type measured in the blood and commonly called dextrose on labels. It is found in fruits and honey.
3) Mannose comes from the manna ash tree and is always converted into mannitol, a sugar alcohol, by the body before use.
4) Acesulfame – an artificial sweetener
5) Alitarne – an artificial sweetener
6) Aspartame – an artificial sweetener
7) Classification of Carbohydrates – a listing of the classification of carbohydrates
8) Fructose – the sugar formed in fruit
9) Lactose – the sugar formed in milk
10) Molasses – definition and types
11) Stevia – describes a natural sweetener that has been available for centuries
12) Sugar Alcohols – the characteristics and the problems of these sweeteners
13) Tagatose – an artificial sweetener

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