CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The Breast Report - your guide to augmentation
- Put an end to bad hair days
- 24 hour makeup, products that last
- Sex appeal - do you have it?
feature So, are we all junkies? According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, equating to an extra 350 calories. Scarily, these 22 mouthfuls of sweetness are easily consumed – added sugar is difficult to avoid. Gillespie claims food manufacturers are taking advantage of our collective sugar addiction and are ‘lacing’ non-sweet products – such as bread, sauces, soups and cereals – with the poison to ensure we stay hooked. And he’s not alone in this thinking. Dr Robert Lustig, a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California-San Francisco and author of the book Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, says the food industry is purposefully sweetening up our diets. ‘The food industry has made sugar into a diet staple because they know when they do, you buy more,’ he told The Guardian in 2013. ‘This is their hook. If some unscrupulous cereal manufacturer went out and laced your breakfast cereal with morphine to get you to buy more, what would you think of that? They do it with sugar instead.’
Should we quit sugar? Myth busting: raw vs white vs brown sugars Hopeful sugar lovers have ventured the suggestion that brown sugar or raw sugar might indeed by healthier than the super-refined white sugar seen on most coffee-shop tables. Unfortunately, their hopes are dashed. Although they go through slightly different processes, raw, white and brown sugar are derived from the same source and hold very little nutritional difference – ie, all are equally bad for you. Sugar crystals are made from the juice of sugar cane or sugar beet. The juice is filtered, evaporated, boiled – which produces molasses – centrifuged and dried to yield raw sugar. White, or refined sugar, undergoes further washing, bleaching, filtering, processing and drying. Brown sugar is created through the addition of molasses to refined white sugar. Certainly, the myriad of health problems associated with high sugar intake is enough to quieten anyone’s sugar cravings, but is it healthy to eliminate sugar from our diet completely? Sugar is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and dairy products, which means that to eradicate it completely from our diet would leave us with little other than meat and fats. ‘I am quite comfortable with dietary sugars if they come from whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, as the sugar is diluted with water, fibre and other nutrients,’ health expert Professor Kerin O’Dea from the Sansom Institute for Health Research told the ABC. As for added sugar, the alternative options – in the form of artificial sweeteners – are not necessarily any better for you. A recent study published in the journal Nature found artificial sweeteners interfere with gut bacteria, increasing the chances of obesity and diabetes. ‘Our findings suggest that artificial sweeteners may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight,’ the researchers from the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel state. www.cosbeauty.com.au 115