Take A Look At The Child Who Has Never Had A Gram Of Sugar In Her Life

The human body needs sugar to survive and function properly. In its natural state sugar also known as glucose is used to give our body energy as well as store fuel. Table sugar is also known as sucrose belongs to the disaccharide group that contains two monosaccharides which are glucose and fructose.


We have learned in science class that all the carbohydrates that we consume gets converted into glucose during digestion.  This is what our body needs to function as it provides the body with needed nutrients as well as energy. But have you ever thought what will happen if our body didn’t receive any sugar?

1What is sugar?

Sugar is a very simple carbohydrate that can be found in many different forms. In its simplest form, it is called monosaccharide. This state of sugar cannot be further hydrolyzed to an even simpler chemical compound. It is found as a colourless, water-soluble, crystalline solid. Some monosaccharide has a sweet taste naturally while others do not.

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2Monosaccharide examples

Some good examples of monosaccharide include Glucose which is found naturally in many fruits and plant juices. Fructose is the second type which is found in fruits, cane sugar, some root vegetables, and honey. Lastly, Galactose which is a combination of galactose and glucose to form lactose. Table sugar that we all use is a disaccharide which means it contains two monosaccharides.

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3How important is sugar?

Many people have debated that ‘added sugar’ has no benefits other than a simple boost of energy. Using excessive amounts of ‘added sugar’ can lead to some serious health issues. The World Health Organization has declared that ‘added sugar’ shouldn’t take up more than 10% of our daily diet.  Glucose is important for our bodies but too much can increase the risk of several diseases.

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4The difference between natural and added sugar

Labels on food products do not contain which type of sugar is in the food product but only the total amount of sugar per servings. Many products use natural sugar rather than added sugar. Added sugar is only used in small quantities as a sweetening agent. Natural sugar is used to provide the needed nutrients while added sugar is just for taste.

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5Grace Cooper

Grace Cooper is a 2 and a half-year-old little child who has never eaten a gram of sugar in her life. Her mother, Shan has publicly stated that she isn’t keeping her daughter on any strict diet but the child is old enough to know what she likes and doesn’t like. The mother just wants to create a healthy foundation for her child’s healthy future.

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