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December 1, 2015

Should You Really Reach For That Doughnut?

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We’ve all had those mid-week sugar cravings when a bar of chocolate or that particular chocolate mousse from the new dessert parlour becomes imperative to function - although many hardcore diet enthusiasts would say otherwise. We asked our in-house fitness expert of The Transformation, Rohan Mathew wat this sugar craze is all about.

Those with a sweet tooth insist having something sweet is the perfect way to end a meal - have you wondered why? “It all starts with habit; if it’s something that you've grown up doing then your brain and body get accustomed and starts craving something sweet each time,” he says. But well aware of the drawbacks of an excessively sugary diet, switching to a healthier option is one way to go about it. “I love my sweets but I've found a healthier solution that works for me which is dark chocolate, which has about 75-80% cocoa. It's known to have anti-oxidants, caffeine and low amounts of sugar as compared to other milk chocolates."

So how much is too much, when it comes to sugar? “There is no such thing. You have to take into account that you're also burning it throughout the day - although not all of it. However, you’ll definitely see indicators of consuming too much sugar, like weight gain and other lifestyle-related diseases,” he says.

For those of us who've been forever confused about what sugary dangers lurk behind the mysterious food label on packaged foods, Rohan helps us out, “Sugar comes diguised in many forms like sucrose, fructose, dextrose, maltose, high fructose corn syrup, galactose and glucose solids - so watch out for these!,” he warns.

So the next time you're getting your Nutella fix, it would help to keep this in mind!
 

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