Sugar: the stuff of celebratory birthday cakes and wellness myth. Without a doubt, it elicits some pretty major debate for a pantry staple…and we spend a lot of airspace talking about  how sugar affects the body. So, in this week’s episode, I’m going to put on my Registered Dietitian hat and answer all of your burning questions about the sweet stuff, including, “Is sugar bad for you?”

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Is sugar inflammatory? Does it cause diabetes? Desiree talks about all this and more!

In order to answer that question, we’re going to have to dive DEEP. Starting with what the heck sugar actually is and how the body metabolizes it. We’re going to dive into the science and physiology of sugar, with a detour to cover alternative sweeteners like aspartame in order to arrive at the destination: how we should approach sugar in our everyday lives. 

I hope you love this solo episode, our first of 2024! As always, we’ll start with 3 of Desiree’s current obsessions and close with a question from our community.

On this episode we chat about:

  • What is sugar, and how is table sugar different from the sugar in our bodies?
  • How is the sugar we eat metabolized by our body?
  • Is it okay for blood sugars to rise?
  • Glycemic index vs glycemic load
  • Is sugar inflammatory?
  • Does sugar cause diabetes?
  • Aspartame and cancer
  • What you NEED to know about that erythritol and heart disease study
  • How many added sugars should we eat daily?
  • What about fruit?
  • How to beat sugar cravings

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Episode Links + References:

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Show References

Glucose and the brain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5959031/ 

Saturated fat and insulin: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26615402/ 

Dairy and Type Two diabetes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6821544/ 

Fat, the Microbiome and Diabetes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9963658/ 

Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Diabetes: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35064240/

Sugar and artificially sweetened beverages and disease https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32529512/ 

Food groups and diabetes risk: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5506108/ 

Sugar and inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9471313/ 

Diet and acne: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35373155/ 

Diet and diabetes prevention: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7551929/ 

GI and diabetes outcomes: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32471238/ 

Aspartame and cancer: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/risk-prevention/chemicals/aspartame.html 

Erythritol and heart disease: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36849732/ 

Diabetes Canada clinical guidelines: https://guidelines.diabetes.ca/cpg 

Dietary erythritol and heart disease: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2023.1195521/full 

WHO sugar recommendations: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9307988/ 

AHA sugar recommendations: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/added-sugars