Your child 5-11 years

Sugar: there is good and bad


Pointed by the medical profession and public authorities for the devastation it causes on health, sugar is nevertheless necessary for the proper functioning of the human body. As long as you distinguish between good and bad sugars!

Why does a child need sugars?

  • A source of energy: Sugars, also known as carbohydrates, are converted into glucose by the body. Glucose is the main source of energy used by the body, and it is also the only form of energy that can be used by the brain. Without glucose and therefore without sugars, a body simply could not work!
  • Multiple functions: Glucose also contributes to the proper functioning of vital organs, plays a role in the assimilation of lipids and proteins, and regulates the intestinal flora.

Why not abuse it?

  • Although vital for the body, glucose can quickly become harmful to the body. If you eat too much, it is indeed converted into fat, with all the diseases that overweight can generate in the long term: diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, hypoglycemia ... The sugars, it is necessary to consume them in a fair proportion ... And above all, not just any!

What is a good sugar?

  • The bad sugars: To know what a good sugar is, the best way is still to ask the opposite question: what is a bad sugar? It's simple: a bad sugar is a refined sugar, that is to say a sugar such as it is found in sweets, cakes, sodas ... It brings to the body only calories, freed from the fibers, minerals and vitamins that are naturally found in sugars that are not refined.
  • Good sugars: So these are logically unrefined sugars, found in whole grains, root vegetables and fruits. And yes, no one needs sweets and cakes to get his daily dose of glucose! As for the sugar with which you sugar your hot drinks and desserts, prefer the red and unrefined: in addition to its sweetening power, it will bring you minerals and vitamins.

Beware of bad sugars!

  • Read the labels well: Refined sugar is hidden almost everywhere in industrial food products ... including salty foods! On labels, it is hidden under the words "dare" (dextrose, sucrose ...) or "ol" (sorbitol, mannitol ...). Do not be fooled!
  • Beware of sweeteners: Long considered harmless, sweeteners such as aspartame have in recent years been the subject of many alarmist studies on their potentially harmful effects on health. They play especially a role in joint pain, menstrual disorders, neuronal disorders ...

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