Why dont we need artificial sugar?

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Explain how much sugar our body really requires in unit of weight and the effects of artificial sugar on our body.

Sangeetha Pulapaka


     Sugar has been a component of human diets since ancient times, with earliest reports of consumption coming from China and India, and much later from Europe after the Crusades in the 11th century.  High intake of sugar, may be associated with an increased risk of conditions as diverse as dental caries, obesity,   cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gout, fatty liver disease, some cancers, 

       A healthy individual does not need artificial sugar, because a little sugar is present in everything we eat. These are natural sugars. For example, lactose is a natural milk sugar and fructose is a sugar found in fruits. They can also be sugars that are naturally produced, not refined, and are added to foods, such as honey, stevia, agave nectar and maple syrup. Sources of natural sugar are considered healthier than refined sugars, because they usually contain additional nutrients -- for example, calcium from dairy products. However, natural sugars can still count as added sugar -- for example, sweetening your tea with honey or putting maple syrup on pancakes --  should be limited.


       Added sugar, either in the form of artificial sugar or natural sweeteners, make up no more than half of your recommended daily discretionary calorie allowance. This equals 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories per day for men, roughly 6 and 9 teaspoons, respectively. Remember, it is important to enjoy a healthy diet that has variety and includes fresh fruit and vegetables, protein such as fish, chicken and lean meat, and carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice, cereals as well as including legumes, lentils and whole grains.

Here is a picture of a food pyramid. This helps us in understanding what a healthy diet should be. Bye!