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Sugar is bad.


Sugars, starches and fiber are in the nutrient category called carbohydrates and are your body's main source of fuel. During digestion all carbohydrates except fiber break down into simple sugars. Sugars and starches occur naturally in many foods that also supply other nutrients, including milk, fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, and grains. Sugars also are added to foods during processing and preparation or when they are eaten. The body cannot tell the difference between naturally occurring and added sugars because they are chemically the same. For many years, sugar has had a bad reputation. More seriously, it has also been said to cause heart disease, obesity, cavities, hyperactivity in children, and diabetes. While it's true that sugar per se is a source of "empty" calories - that is, it provides no nutritional value aside from energy - it certainly isn't the dietary villain it has been portrayed as. Empty calories are calories obtained from foods that are completely void of nutrients are called "empty calories". This means that they add calories to your diet but do not provide the added bonus of other nutrients.If your energy needs are low, go easy on the amount of sugars you consume, as well as the amount of fat. Try consuming mostly nutrient-dense foods which provide other nutrients besides sugar or fat. Sugars, in moderation, are part of a healthful diet. Naturally-occurring or added sugars can make nutritious foods more appealing by adding taste, aroma, texture and color.

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