8 myths about sugar that you need to stop believing
While eating too much sugar is directly associated with obesity and a host of heart and liver-related problems, there are plenty of myths out there with a host of misinformation that oftentimes makes eating even moderate amounts of sugar sound worse than it is. After all, we do need sugar to live.
"We all need sugar — it's the basic building block of what runs our bodies, and, in fact, it's necessary," Dr. Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York said.
Keep scrolling to discover the truth behind some of the most common myths about sugar.
MYTH: Some types of sugar are better for you than others
FACT: All "types" of sugar have the same effect on your body.
"There's this idea that there are different types of sugar, but that's a myth," Dr. Haythe said. "Brown sugar, white sugar, honey... they are all ultimately broken down into the same thing: glucose. All forms of sugar are carbohydrates that can be used as glucose."
MYTH: Sugar makes kids hyperactive
FACT: There's no such thing as a sugar high.
"The idea that sugar makes children hyperactive is one of the funniest myths about sugar out there," Dr. Haythe said.
Various scientific studies over the years have determined that in fact there is zero direct connection between eating sugar and hyperactivity.