Sucrose, where to find it and what to look out for

We just call it sugar, and we often use it in our recipes. However, we should be careful and not overding with it: here are sucrose risks.

Sucrose is the common sugar we use to make desserts, to sweeten coffee or for many other purposes. In recent years, people have been demonizing it, as if it were the most dangerous food ever brought to our tables. In fact, its excessive consumption is responsible for many diseases, but eliminating it completely from our diet is not the right thing to do. Let’s see together the risks linked with its use.

Is sucrose bad?

More and more people are starting to eliminate sugar from their diet, but it is not completely dangerous. However, an excessive consumption of sucrose is harmful for our body.

Eating too much sucrose can lead to a higher risk of overweight and obesity, dental caries, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. However, it is an extremely energizing food which acts on blood glucose levels.

Sucrose, where to find it and what to look out for
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How many times have you experienced the unpleasant sensation of dizziness caused by hypoglycemia? In this case, a little sugar can help feeling immediately better, as it enters the blood stream very quickly.

Sucrose and diabetes

This is not the case for people suffering from diabetes, who must reduce their sugar consumptions as much as they can. This product increases the level of blood glucose and acts on the insulin hormone.

In this case, it is better to choose fructose, which has a much lower glycemic index. However, you still need to be careful, because it is a type of sugar.

What is sucrose?

Sucrose, where to find it and what to look out for
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Sucrose is a disaccharide, composed of two monosaccharides: glucose and fructose. It comes from sugar beet or sugar cane.

This is a very caloric product, since in 100 grams there are nearly 400 calories. It also has many vitamins and many minerals. However, to enjoy them we should consume a really high quantity of sugar, which is not healthy.

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Nicoletta Chiara Romano