Sugar life or how to give up sweets and cakes

Is it possible to refuse sweets, cakes, chocolate? Why refuse? It is very tasty, good for the brain. “I’m just a little with a seagull.”

  • What breaks down sugar?
  • Where does the sucrase enzyme come from?
  • Where does this process take place?

Raise your hand who says the same. Almost everyone will raise who reads this article.

Yes, everyone loves sweets. How not to love? Such abundance and variety. Bright, eye-catching packaging, a diverse palette of flavors, flavor combinations and marketing. We must pay tribute to marketers, they work just fine. They manage to throw the bait with amazing accuracy into the part of the brain that is responsible for “gastronomic orgasms.”

Let’s figure out what sugar and sweets are. As a rule, all sweet foods contain sugar. Alexander Kozhevnikov, an expert on nutrition and health issues of the BelNovosti online publication, tells more about this.

Sugar life or how to give up sweets and cakes

Sugar or sucrose is a complex carbohydrate, a disaccharide. Sucrose is called a disaccharide because it consists of two simpler sugars: fructose and glucose. But splitting does not happen by itself.

What breaks down sugar?

This process, called hydralytic cleavage, is carried out by a group of enzymes called sucrases.

Where does the sucrase enzyme come from?

Sucrase is synthesized by the pancreas and the lining of the small intestine.

Where does this process take place?

The breakdown of sucrose occurs in the small intestine. As a result, glucose and fructose are formed from sugar. These are monosaccharides. The further process of their splitting is simply impossible, and is not needed.

Glucose, grape sugar or dextrose, is one of the most common sources of energy for most living organisms. The processes of obtaining energy and even fat oxidation cannot proceed without glucose. Splitting in the small intestine, glucose is absorbed there.

fructose or fruit sugar is an isomer of glucose. A substance obtained from the breakdown of sugar. The most common natural sugar. It has long been used as a sweetener in industrial production. Fructose, absorbed in the small intestine, enters the liver. There it is converted into glucose.

Fructose has very little effect on insulin secretion in the pancreas, has a glycemic index of 32. It is recommended for people with diabetes.

Most sucrose is found in sugar cane and sugar beets. Actually, from there they get the sugar familiar to everyone. It is no secret that now we are talking about the components that make up carbohydrates.

It should be noted that in addition to simple monosaccharides, there are also multi-component carbohydrate chains that contain up to ten or more simple sugars. And they sound like this: oligosaccharides, which include disaccharides and polysaccharides. There are about 70 of them and many of the names are “on hearing”: starch, cellulose, glycogen, inulin, pectin.

Such multi-component sugars, splitting into simpler ones during digestion, supply the body with energy for life, as these are complex carbohydrates.

After reading all of the above, we conclude:

a chocolate bar, which contains sugar, and a bowl of buckwheat eaten at dinner, among other components, provide Glucose when digested.

Of course, after the complete completion of the digestion stage, there will be other components, trace elements, vitamins. But, now we are talking about sugar and carbohydrates.

Conclusion: the body at the level of physiology does not need sweets!

When eating a normal amount of complex and healthy carbohydrates, the need for glucose will be completely satisfied with a slight amendment: the more complex the carbohydrates, the more time it takes to digest them and the longer, softer and smoother the carbohydrates will supply the body with energy.


Sugar consumption causes some dependence, which is sometimes quite difficult to get rid of. With every can of sweet soda, you want more. You can conduct an experiment: check and calculate the amount of total sugar eaten per day.

The process is laborious, but interesting. Having finished counting and converting all the sugar into grams, you can pour it on the table and look at the resulting pile of sugar. For many, this number may surprise and even shock.

The harm from eating sugar is known and proven:

  • Sugar is a breeding ground for putrefactive bacteria.
  • Causes rapid aging.
  • Worsens sleep with constant use.
  • Destroys tooth enamel (increased growth of oral bacteria).
  • Negatively affects the figure.
  • It’s hard to keep a balanced diet.

The human body has an excellent property of adaptation. This is exactly what can happen with the constant use of sugar-containing products. Eating sugar leads to a rapid and dramatic increase in the level of the hormone insulin, since sugar is a fast carbohydrate.

Now imagine that this happens all the time, all day long, every day, year after year. The adaptation process has started. There is a constantly high level of insulin in the blood, because huge doses of glucose simply need to be disposed of, “driving them into the cell.” Over the years, the body and cells get tired of this, and a period of insulin tolerance begins.

Adaptation completed. Cells have ceased to perceive insulin and it will no longer be able to be a conductor of glucose to the “processing plant”. And now what i can do?

The blood is saturated with large amounts of unutilized glucose and high doses of the hormone insulin. This condition is called insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. And then it gets worse: type 1 diabetes, cardiovascular complications, and so on.

The world rests on the golden ratio, white and black, 50/50. Balance is needed in everything, almost everything. Perhaps these arguments do not apply to sugar and sugar-containing products.

With a complete rejection of them, weaning will occur on average in 20-40 days. Life will sparkle with new colors, products will have a different taste, fruits will seem incredibly sweet, as they should be. You will want less and less sweets, and the long-awaited dessert will not be a piece of cake, but a pear or grapefruit.

All people are unique and individual. Quite a lot of people find it difficult to give up sweets. For them, there is also a way out of the situation: if it is not possible to eliminate sugar from the diet, then it makes sense to severely limit its use, minimizing it. For example, once a week, once. As they say: “And the wolves are full and the sheep are safe.”

Nutrition control is an investment in a healthy future. The future is impossible without a competent, intelligent present. Be healthy today, tomorrow and always.

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