Sugar: do sports doctors recommend having it in food and drinks?


We often perceive sweets as a reward: to an obedient child, to someone who did us a favour, and, of course, to ourselves for small accomplishments during the day. But at the same time, it is a scary word often used to frighten vulnerable minds: “sugar is white death”, “sugar is sweet death”… Sweets are recommended before an exam, sweets are not recommended before sleeping… So is sugar good or harmful? Oleksandr Kushch, a sports medicine doctor, family doctor, and participant in the “Consume Sensibly” initiative, answers in his new blog.

In short: neither one nor the other. Sugar contains glucose, which is necessary for the body to function normally, to replenish energy. But its excess provokes obesity and other health problems. People need a little more glucose for intensive physical and mental work, and definitely less if you’re vacationing in the famous “all-inclusive” format. So sugar, like everything else, should be “consumed wisely”: in moderation.

From which sources is it more healthy to get “sweet energy”? The popular myth about the insane benefits of honey and the demonization of crystalline sugar are not entirely justified. In fact, fructose has a more unpredictable behavior and effect on the body. The superstition that energy drinks contain excessive amounts of sugar also has no legs to stand on: here, fortunately, you only need to look at the label. “One bottle of energy drink contains about the same amount of sugar as a bottle of orange juice or soda. More sugar than in energy drinks is found in smoothies, tonics, lemonade, cocoa, yogurts, and flavoured water”, emphasizes the author of the article.

So if you need to quickly recharge your batteries, you can safely treat yourself to a can of this functional drink. The main thing is to control the amount of both sugar and caffeine consumed per day. You can read more about the interesting aspects of the “sweet life” without harm to health in the new material on the information portal