Sugar may be downright irresistible but it can be easily named as one of the most damaging ingredients for our health. Of course all sugars are not created equal. As part of well-balanced diet, specific sugar - for example derived from fruits, grains and whole fresh foods - is not worrisome. But added sugars from processed foods and beverages are nothing but extra calories providing little or no nutritional value. When it comes to understanding the side-effects of consuming too much sugar, weight gain is considered the number one factor along with the increased risk of diabetes. But extra calories, weight gain and diabetes risks are just the tip of the iceberg.
Let’s start with a question. Why do you think food companies need to add preservatives, flavours and colours to the processed food? To make them last longer? To make them look colourful, appetizing and fun? To improve their flavours and texture? A resounding ‘Yes’ to these questions. And is this a good thing? Well, it depends. It depends on how much you value your health, as these ‘little extras’ come at the expense of our health.