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Why do people keep defending sugar?

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  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,190 Member Member Posts: 6,190 Member
    Well, yes, usual disclaimer - unless you have a medical reason to avoid it.

    Nobody is suggesting diabetics are fine eating bars of candy.

    Just like, say, bread - nothing wrong with eating bread.

    Obviously not including people with coeliac disease.
  • ritzvinritzvin Member, Premium Posts: 2,764 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,764 Member
    On the negative side: I would guess that for a lot of people, sugar is probably [1] not very satiating for the calories, and [2] doesn't provide much added benefit other than energy (ie not energy + a minimum required macro or micro).. so probably something to at least somewhat limit if you have particularly limited calories to work with.

    on the positive side: For those that are active, [1] some calorie dense options are a good thing (there may be a lot of exercise calories to make up), and [2] quick, easily digestible fuel (ie sugar) can be pretty important for those doing long intense cardio. Sugar becomes pretty d*mn important then.

    I normally use splenda to sweeten my morning oatmeal (to avoid the extra sugar calories), but yet have top tube bags on all of my bikes whose sole purpose is to hold pouches of fruit snacks (basically gelatinized sugar). Also worth noting that those fruit snack pouches I carry on rides, runs, and hikes have come in handy on multiple occasions for someone in the group who felt their sugar levels crashing (diabetics in a few of the cases).
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 30,615 Member Member Posts: 30,615 Member
    Hey, @purplebobkat - you okay? Last we heard you were self-isolating and having shortness of breath on the 15th...
  • gothchiqgothchiq Member Posts: 4,563 Member Member Posts: 4,563 Member
    A bit of sugar doesn't hurt most people. Now if you have the beetus... avoid it like the plague.
  • amorfati601070amorfati601070 Member Posts: 2,050 Member Member Posts: 2,050 Member
    Prolly cause of cellular respiration.
  • mommabear4315mommabear4315 Member Posts: 3,424 Member Member Posts: 3,424 Member
    Because sugar is cocaine or crack which ever you prefer. Lol.
  • psychod787psychod787 Member, Premium Posts: 3,857 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,857 Member
    gothchiq wrote: »
    A bit of sugar doesn't hurt most people. Now if you have the beetus... avoid it like the plague.

    Lol... I get your point, but diabetics can have fruit...
    Because sugar is cocaine or crack which ever you prefer. Lol.

    I prefer opiates..... actually in the "reward" pathway, it is more "like" an opiate, but not an opiate... make sense?
  • whitpaulywhitpauly Member Posts: 1,478 Member Member Posts: 1,478 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    Sugar is neither to defend or demonize. It depends on your nutritional needs. If those are met and you have calories left over sugar can fill some of that gap. Overuse will cause problems, as will almost anything else. Why is moderation such a difficult concept for some? Athletes, people that burn a lot of calories may need that energy and quickly. Sugar has it's place.

    Agree with all this. I use sugar/candy for quick energy before my lifting sessions. While it may not be nutritious I find it very beneficial (vegetables or fruit even would not have the same effect), so OP those "bad" effects you speak of are actually the effects I seek.

    I made no mention of the bad effects of sugar (although they are numerous), I just asked why people defend sugar so much.

    I consume too much sugar (like most people), but I understand it's bad for me & would never defend it. I just wondered why so many on this app are constantly doing so.

    Cuz it's delicious!🤤
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 30,615 Member Member Posts: 30,615 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    Sugar is neither to defend or demonize. It depends on your nutritional needs. If those are met and you have calories left over sugar can fill some of that gap. Overuse will cause problems, as will almost anything else. Why is moderation such a difficult concept for some? Athletes, people that burn a lot of calories may need that energy and quickly. Sugar has it's place.

    Agree with all this. I use sugar/candy for quick energy before my lifting sessions. While it may not be nutritious I find it very beneficial (vegetables or fruit even would not have the same effect), so OP those "bad" effects you speak of are actually the effects I seek.

    I made no mention of the bad effects of sugar (although they are numerous), I just asked why people defend sugar so much.

    I consume too much sugar (like most people), but I understand it's bad for me & would never defend it. I just wondered why so many on this app are constantly doing so.
    Why do you think it's bad for you? Because you overconsume it? That's NOT sugar's fault.


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    You're coming in very late to this thread.







    The last post made by the OP he/she stated that he might have the virus.







    Weeks ago...and no further posts. :(
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,331 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,331 Member
    penny30030 wrote: »
    well sugar could be demonized, my daughters doctor told her sugar is like sandpaper in your veins. And, fruit sugar is not equal to processed granulated sugar, which is the culprit. Processing food is the problem.

    I would just ask how sugar "like sandpaper" gets in your veins, unless you're shooting it up? I really don't understand this.
    Lol, if sugar is like sandpaper in your veins, the plaque wouldn't be an issue.

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  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 43,331 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 43,331 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    Sugar is neither to defend or demonize. It depends on your nutritional needs. If those are met and you have calories left over sugar can fill some of that gap. Overuse will cause problems, as will almost anything else. Why is moderation such a difficult concept for some? Athletes, people that burn a lot of calories may need that energy and quickly. Sugar has it's place.

    Agree with all this. I use sugar/candy for quick energy before my lifting sessions. While it may not be nutritious I find it very beneficial (vegetables or fruit even would not have the same effect), so OP those "bad" effects you speak of are actually the effects I seek.

    I made no mention of the bad effects of sugar (although they are numerous), I just asked why people defend sugar so much.

    I consume too much sugar (like most people), but I understand it's bad for me & would never defend it. I just wondered why so many on this app are constantly doing so.
    Why do you think it's bad for you? Because you overconsume it? That's NOT sugar's fault.


    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png

    You're coming in very late to this thread.







    The last post made by the OP he/she stated that he might have the virus.







    Weeks ago...and no further posts. :(
    Just saw that. Hoping for the best. How have you been? It's been awhile for me (with the exception of my daily check in posts).


    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Member Posts: 5,552 Member Member Posts: 5,552 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    Sugar is neither to defend or demonize. It depends on your nutritional needs. If those are met and you have calories left over sugar can fill some of that gap. Overuse will cause problems, as will almost anything else. Why is moderation such a difficult concept for some? Athletes, people that burn a lot of calories may need that energy and quickly. Sugar has it's place.

    Agree with all this. I use sugar/candy for quick energy before my lifting sessions. While it may not be nutritious I find it very beneficial (vegetables or fruit even would not have the same effect), so OP those "bad" effects you speak of are actually the effects I seek.

    I made no mention of the bad effects of sugar (although they are numerous), I just asked why people defend sugar so much.

    I consume too much sugar (like most people), but I understand it's bad for me & would never defend it. I just wondered why so many on this app are constantly doing so.
    Why do you think it's bad for you? Because you overconsume it? That's NOT sugar's fault.


    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png

    You're coming in very late to this thread.







    The last post made by the OP he/she stated that he might have the virus.







    Weeks ago...and no further posts. :(

    The OP was still active March 30th. Fingers crossed.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,658 Member Member Posts: 5,658 Member
    I can't believe these debates are still going on...
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