CosBeauty Magazine #85

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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?

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.

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