Is sugar addictive? Will it make kids hyperactive? Watch 5 common myths about sugar get debunked. Following is a transcript of the video.
5 sugar myths debunked.
Myth: Some types of sugar are better for you than others. All types of sugar have the same effect
Brown sugar, white, or raw: it all turns to glucose in your body.
Myth: Sugar makes kids hyperactive.
Studies show no direct connection between sugar and hyperactivity in kids. Sometimes kids are just kids.
Myth: Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.
MRIs show sugar lights up pleasure centres in the brain, but there is no evidence it’s effect is addictive. You don’t experience the same withdrawal symptoms with sugar, as you would quitting hard drugs.
Myth: Artificial sweeteners are better for you than sugar.
Actually, one study found that people who drank 21 diet drinks per week were twice as likely to become overweight than those who didn’t.
Myth: You should eliminate sugar from your diet.
While too much sugar is no doubt bad for you, sugar is in many nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables. So it would be nearly impossible to eliminate from a healthy diet.
So go ahead and chow down that banana, just make sure to put that glucose to good use.
Special thanks to Michael Bultman
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