Submitted by Tami Miller, Sage Consulting
PART 1 – Is sugar the horrible fat creating, health inhibiting villain that we hear about all of the time?
In reality, we need sugar to create the ATP (energy) that our body needs to function every day. Here is the problem, our cells use glucose, but not in the increasing amounts that we eat. Our body also has trouble metabolizing other sugars, especially high fructose.
In this 10 part blog series, I want to introduce you to the science behind sugar in a way that I hope everyone can understand. I will also talk about some of the complications and research on the effects of sugar. I want to do this is small chunks of information so that I do not overwhelm anyone.
In Part 1, I want to give you an insight into why I am interested in the sugars that we eat and how it affects our bodies.
As a biologist, I have always been interested in how the human body works on a molecular level. Understanding the biochemistry behind sugar metabolism on a cellular level and how it leads to organ and tissue health is something that I have had to learn and teach over many years. This interest has led me to how what we do affects how our bodies react. We evolved to metabolize the foods that we hunted and foraged, but that is not what we allow our bodies to use now. Most of what we ingest as food is more chemicals than food. We should not have to lose food by processing and creating what we eat.
Over the last century, technology has advanced at an amazing rate. As a scientist, this has been a great thing to help us in the research that we do to help better the human condition. But, it has also created new areas of human science as we try to fix what we have broken in our bodies. We have more disease now that is caused by chemical exposure of various types. As we become more technological, we seem to have less time to take care of our bodies and minds.