Demystifying Sports Nutrition

Sugar Is Not The Enemy

We know that excessive amounts of refined sugar can increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes and other diseases, but does it make you fat?

“If you’re diabetic or reactive hypoglycemic, refined sugars are very bad, and anything that triggers the excess stimulation of insulin makes you more fat—refined carbs may do that, but so does delayed eating,” says Benardot.

For optimal health, Austin believes that sugary foods that aren’t fruits or vegetables should be eaten sparingly. She recommends that recreational athletes modify refined sugar intake based on goals so there’s a reason for the change. “If you cut sugar out slowly, people will say they don’t even crave it anymore,” says Austin.

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