What do we choose between sugar and sweeteners? Doctor: “Sugar “rusts” us and ages us from the inside”

There is no healthier form of sugar, says nutritionist Mihaela Bilic. All sweeteners have the same number of calories and the same effect in the body, regardless of whether “we use white or brown sugar, cane or beet sugar, honey, maple or agave syrup.”

Sugar, dangerous for the body PHOTO: Archive, The Truth

“Sugar is mainly responsible for tooth decay, increases oxidative processes in the body, rusts and ages us from the inside”draws the attention of Dr. Mihaela Bilic, in a post on his Facebook page.

At the opposite pole are artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and saccharin, which have zero calories and a sweetening power 100 to 600 times greater than sugar, the nutritionist claims. “Cuts the sweet tooth, does not change blood sugar and is recommended for diabetes, weight loss and sugar detox”the doctor explains.

What are natural sugar alcohols?

There is also a range of sweeteners called POLYOLS, which are “natural alcohols from sugar and have half its calorie count, i.e. two calories/g instead of four calories for sugar”. The category of polyols includes xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol. Only xylitol has the same sweetening power as sugar, the other two are half as sweet.

The main advantages, says the doctor, are the economy of calories, they are slowly absorbed into the blood and they have a low glycemic index.

“First and foremost is their anti-caries effect, they are resistant to the action of bacteria in the mouth and stop the acid attack on the teeth. Xylitol is used in chewing gum, candies and toothpaste. Sugar alcohols are slowly absorbed into the blood, have a low glycemic index and are recommended in the diabetes diet. They give a creamy texture to the products in which they are used and have a low caloric intake, so we can also use them in the slimming cure”explains Mihaela Bilic.

What problems can arise

There are also disadvantages. A large part of polyols cannot be digested and, once they reach the colon, they ferment, produce gases and fatty acids with a laxative effect.

“Therefore excessive consumption of xylitol can cause bloating and diarrhea. Be especially careful with children, who tend to eat the whole box of drops or chewing gum”claims Dr. Bilic.

Problems can also arise when cooking, sugar alcohols do not dissolve in water.

“In order to be used in different preparations, polyols must be associated with fat, so we save on sugar, but add 9 cal/g of oil. Read the label carefully, a biscuit type product sure has a lot of calories from fat! In conclusion, you can use xylitol instead of sugar. And it's a good habit to chew xylitol gum after every meal. But don't overdo it with sweets, if you don't want to suffer… on your stomach”concludes Dr. Bilic.