Enjoying drinks and sweet snacks once in a while is fun. However, if done every day and excessively, then the effect can be bad for health. One noteworthy is the surge in weight due to excess sugar intake.
If the former obese people are considered a sign of prosperity, then now it is no longer valid. Overweight and obesity will increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In addition to excess weight, other factors also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including immobile, age, family history, ethnicity, hypertension and high cholesterol. If a person has been exposed to type 2 diabetes, he or she should commit a lifetime to manage the disease, including limiting carbohydrate intake.
Calculating the amount of daily carbohydrate intake is important in diabetics because carbohydrates affect your blood sugar more than other nutrients. Actually, many types of carbohydrates are contained in foods and beverages. Sugar is one of them. Sugar itself is a lot of its kind. The most commonly consumed example is white sugar.
Along with the improved understanding of society that the use of excess sugar will have a bad effect on the body, then look for other alternatives that are used as a sweetener. One that is considered a solution and considered a healthier and safer is palm sugar or brown sugar.
Palm sugar is a type of sugar commonly made from sap, the liquid removed from the flower palm family tree, such as coconut and palm. Meanwhile, white sugar comes from sugarcane water which is crystallized. Both types of sugar has a content of sucrose (disaccharide) which is a simple carbohydrate. The calorie content of palm sugar and white sugar is almost the same. One teaspoon (4 grams) of palm sugar contains 11 kcal, while one teaspoon white sugar contains 16 kcal. Palm sugar is also considered to contain Vitamin B, such as thiamine, riboflavin, and nicotinic acid.
The difference between white sugar and palm sugar is in the ability of the pancreas to process the sugar we consume. In one day, the normal pancreas can only change 5 grams (½ tablespoon) of white sugar into energy. What if we consume more than ½ tablespoon of white sugar?
The remaining white sugar that can not be processed by the pancreas will be buried in the body into blood sugar and fat. Over time our bodies will be exposed to diabetes. So, are we still interested in consuming white sugar?
As for palm sugar, in one day the normal pancreas can turn 90 grams (about 9 tablespoons) of palm sugar into energy. When compared, palm sugar is a healthier sugar than white sugar.
But in fact, an important factor of sugar safety is how much it is consumed. Whether white sugar or palm sugar, if consumed excessively then still risks leading someone to overweight or obese. Until the end, leads to an increased chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
It is important to remember, in addition to living a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, you need to exercise at least 30 minutes per day that is done as much as five times a week to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. This also applies to diabetics of course with an orderly drug- anti diabetic or insulin medication as directed by physician.