Not All Sugar is Bad for You: Good Sugar VS. Bad Sugar

Written by Susan Fox, Health Writer


  • Research shows that sugar is addictive and has toxic effects comparable to alcohol. Sugar substitutes are not suitable for good health and lead to weight gain.
  • Natural sugars are found in foods like milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Added sugars are put into foods during processing, preparation, or at the table.
  • Naturally occurring sugars are necessary for good health. The body digests carbohydrates into glucose – our primary source of energy.
  • Honey contains valuable nutrients, but these are eliminated when heated during processing. However, raw honey retains its valuable phytonutrients and many health benefits.
  • All-natural Almased is made from enzyme-rich raw honey act as metabolism catalysts.

Music to my ears. Is there such a thing as “good” sugar? After all, there is good fat and bad fat; good carbs and bad carbs.

A sweet carbohydrate is called ‘sugar,' but there are many types of sugar such as white, brown, raw, and even rice and maple sugars. And when looking at packaged foods, the ingredients list gives even more options. High fructose corn syrup, dextrose, date sugar, palm sugar, molasses, and agave nectar are a few.


Despite The Large Variety of Sugars, They are Similar Nutritionally. 

One teaspoon of any sugar has about 16 calories, and all are sources of sucrose, glucose, or fructose – or combinations of these. There not much value in the way of vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants.

Sze-Yen Tan, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition Science at Deakin University, explains that “while sugars are similar nutritionally, sugars are also different in many ways - some have different types of processing, sources, and flavor profiles that can affect their nutrients.”

Is it that sugar is merely non-nutritive or is sugar bad for you? Many studies have reported adverse effects of white sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Is it okay to substitute these types of ‘bad’ sugars with another?

According to Carolyn Brown, MS, RD, HFCS has been justifiably demonized, and sugar, in general, is referred to as "empty calories," due to its zero nutritive value.

“Though an occasional sweet treat may not be sinful, neither is it totally innocent.”

“Every bite you take is an opportunity to give your body something beneficial and the more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, the better.”

“And, though it may seem severe to compare sugar with a drug, researchers agree that an excess of sugar does have toxic effects comparable to alcohol. It also has a clear dependence-producing impact on the brain. As with alcohol and tobacco, there is significant potential for addiction and abuse. Anyone who's ever tried a sugar cleanse wouldn't argue against the detox-like cravings and headaches.”


Unfortunately, Sugar Substitutes Are Best Avoided.


The taste of sweetness from either fake or real sugar seems to play a significant role in increasing appetite. Multiple studies over the years have repeatedly found that consumers using artificial sweeteners gained more weight or had a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who didn't use them.

Dr. Frank Lipman states “some studies show the super-sweetness of artificial sugars may interfere with the release of satiety hormones, slowing your body’s ability to send signals to the brain that you’ve had enough – which leads to overeating without you even realizing it. As bad as that is, fake sugars also alter the gut environment, killing off beneficial bacteria, which is crucial to overall health.”


What is Added Sugar?

Naturally occurring sugars are found naturally within foods such as milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Added sugars are those put into foods during processing, preparation, or added at the table.

When it comes to added sugar vs. natural sugar, it may not be damaging if one spoonful of table sugar helps the oatmeal go down. Especially if you wouldn’t eat the oatmeal without it. The slightly sweetened version could be a much better diet choice when compared to bacon and bagels. (Oh yes… both bagels and often bacon, come with their secret stash of hidden sugar – check the ingredients list!)

While you would never call sugar a health food, it may not be so harmful when confined to small quantities or when using it to make healthy food, such a bowl of unsweetened cereal, more palatable. But, be careful with your dieting plans as food with added sugar can show up where least expected.

As consumers, we think we’re pretty savvy. We know there is more than tomatoes in our ketchup bottle. We’ve learned that a name change on cereal boxes from “Sugar Crisp” to “Golden Crisp” has probably not reduced the sugar content of the product. And we want to believe in the goodness of those adorable kitchen elves with their tiny ovens and cookies galore. But know that smart marketers have trained our taste buds to come back for more.


How Much Added Sugar Per Day is Safe?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the daily intake of added sugars. For most us that is no more than 100 to 150 calories per day, or about 6 to 9 teaspoons of sugar.

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Almased is a unique, all-natural meal replacement powder made from high-quality non-GMO soy, yogurt, and enzyme-rich natural raw honey in a special fermentation process that releases bioactive peptides. Almased is gluten-free, and its slow glycemic index makes it diabetic friendly. It comes to you with NO ADDED SUGARS, artificial fillers, flavors, preservatives or stimulants.


Added Sugar VS Natural Sugar

Adopting a no-added-sugar diet is a giant step toward improving one’s health and weight management. Food with added sugar is not necessary for a good diet but don’t misunderstand.

“The sugar in the bowl (SUCROSE) is not the same as the sugar in the blood (glucose).”

The body needs sugar for energy and good health. We need all three food groups; proteins, fats, and carbs - in appropriate quantities. When we eat carbohydrates, our body digests it into glucose, a simple sugar that easily converts to energy; it is the body's primary source of energy.


Is Sugar in Fruits Bad for You?

Fruit sugar is every bit as good for you as lean protein and healthy fats. When you eat fruit, you are consuming fructose in its natural state along with all its vitamins, minerals, and fiber. When taken in proper amounts, fruit is very beneficial.

The "chew factor" helps to limit the overeating of fruits naturally. How many apples could you chew at one sitting? It may be easier to go overboard with dried fruit, like figs and dates. Such fruits are low in water content, so they are concentrated and loaded with sugar. But even so, they're an excellent source of fiber and contain natural plant compounds called polyphenols – excellent support for antioxidant defenses.


Honey is Nature’s Gold.

Think about the natural sugar-rich nectar collected by bees from a wide variety of flowers; this is where the sweet taste of honey comes. The main sugar in honey is fructose and with that comes valuable phytonutrients providing both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. These valuable nutrients are unique to raw honey, but they disappear when honey is heated during processing. 


The Almased Weight Loss Phenomenon™

The all-natural product called Almased is made from enzyme-active raw honey. This honey works as a metabolic catalyst. The many bioactive peptides, like “Lunasin," promote fat burning and fat metabolism.

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"What a great way to lose weight." - Janine M. 

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Carolyn Brown, MS, RD,

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