Blaming sugar

The latest fad

It’s common to blame sugar these days for most health-related evils, it’s being made responsible for obesity, diabetes and a few more chronic diseases. And though those claims are valid, it is very important to understand the whole story in order to properly act on it.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that sugar actually isn’t a food that should be consumed all day, every day. We’d say nothing really is meant to be eaten that way, in fact. So further understanding the different types of sugar and the role they play, is key in in consolidating a healthy, balanced diet.

When talking about sugar it’s important to understand there are many types. From the naturally-present sugar in fruits and vegetables and the rawest forms of sugar, to highly refined sugar that’s found hidden in foods you’d never think contained any.

The truth is, not putting that bit of sugar in your coffee or tea isn’t actually making it or braking it for you. The amount of hidden sugar in processed foods (and it’s “hidden” because you wouldn’t just know it’s there), adds up to an average of 22 tsp. a day. And to us, that’s a whole lot of sugar for one day. Not counting one or two tsp. in coffee, tea or a slice of cake.

So it’s important to think about (and read the labels of) processed foods that have “hidden” sugar in them. Things like low fat yogurt, cereals and cereal bars, ketchup, salad dressings and bread.

We believe is important to be in control of our sugar intake. The easiest way to do that (and the healthies alternative, really) is to make foods from scratch rather than buying processed ones. That way you can guarantee yourself the amount of sugar you consume.

TIP: Choose unsweetened alternatives for beverages and always add your own sugar. You’ll find you don’t need that much of it and you’ll slowly reduce your total sugar intake, while still enjoying your favorite beverages at a comfortable level of sweetness.   

PRO TIP: Consider rawer forms of sugar like Turbinado. This will have a whole different effect on you that refined.  

We like sugar because it has been fundamental to social development where we are from (that is the Cauca River Valley in Colombia). Sugar production and sugar-based manufactured products are an important part of life here. From the dawn of our culture, sugar has been a tradition. So we are on a mission to bring some perspective into this debate, as to not blindly blame our beloved sugar, but to bring greater awareness about a healthy relationship with it.

We’re not in favor of binging, we do advocate consciously indulging, as long as is part of a balanced diet and knowledgeable decision-making.

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