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Sugar and health

Interest in health is greater than ever. Almost every day you can read about health in the media: new studies are reported; experts give their opinions; facts and figures are reproduced; and there is no shortage of people telling you how they found the way to a healthier life.

The health debate has many aspects, but not all of them are equally well informed scientifically. We would like to do something about that. On this website we are therefore seeking to shed light on typical questions about sugar in order to contribute to a more balanced debate..

  • Is sugar fattening?
    Is sugar fattening?
    Yes … and no. Yes because sugar contains energy, and if you take in more energy than your body expends during the day, you will become obese. No because sugar in itself is no more fattening than other food substances.
  • Are we eating more sugar than we used to?
    Are we eating more sugar than we used to?
    The debate can give the impression that we are eating more sugar than we used to, but the statistics tell a different story.
  • Is sugar unhealthy?
    Is sugar unhealthy?
    Opinion on this is undoubtedly divided. At Nordic Sugar we do not believe that it is possible to just talk about healthy and unhealthy foods – it is more about looking at eating habits as a whole and therefore talking about healthy and unhealthy eating habits.
  • Is sugar "empty calories"?
    Is sugar "empty calories"?
    The term "empty calories" refers to either fat or sugar in a food that has zero, or very limited, nutritional value, for example fizzy drinks, sweets, crisps, butter or cakes.
  • Does sugar cause dental caries?
    Does sugar cause dental caries?
    Cavities in the teeth (caries) are the result of acid attacking the tooth enamel. The acid is formed when bacteria in the mouth break down the carbohydrates in food.
  • Can you get diabetes from eating sugar?
    Can you get diabetes from eating sugar?
    Like fat, protein and other carbohydrates, sugar provides energy. If you take in more energy than your body expends, over time you will become obese, which is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Does sugar causes major blood sugar swings?
    Does sugar causes major blood sugar swings?
    Taking in carbohydrate – including sugar – causes the blood sugar level to increase. But even though many people believe otherwise, sugar is not actually one of the carbohydrates that causes the greatest blood sugar increase.
  • Does sugar make children hyperactive?
    Does sugar make children hyperactive?
    Although it is often claimed in the media and in debate that there is a link between sugar intake and hyperactivity in children, there is nothing in either national or international research to indicate this.
  • Can you become addicted to sugar?
    Can you become addicted to sugar?
    There is no scientific evidence that sugar intake can cause symptoms of physical addiction. These include, for example, the withdrawal symptoms that are characteristic of intoxicants such as alcohol and narcotics.
  • Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?
    Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?
    Neither white nor brown cane sugar has a significant content of vitamins and minerals.

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