Sugar is a carbohydrate. Many different types of and names for sugar is added to drinks, baked goods and confectionery. Fructose, is the sugar found naturally occurring in fruits Lactose, is the sugar found naturally occurring in milk. Sugars end up in the bloodstream in the form of glucose, the form of sugar that our body uses for energy. Sugars is providing flavour and texture to foods. A moderate amount of sugar can be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet But portion size is also important, for example, while honey is high in sugar, you only use a small amount. “Sugar has been linked to obesity, and implicated as a cause in the occurrence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, and tooth decay.” – wikipedia
Sugars occur naturally in foods such as fruit and milk, but we don’t need to cut down on these types of sugars. Sugars are also added to a wide range of foods, such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and some fizzy drinks and juice drinks = these are the sugary foods that we should cut down on.
is the macronutrient that we need in the largest amount and provides the body’s main source of energy. Carbohydrates are the major source of fuel for the body – the body can use fat or protein for fuel, but these nutrients are put to better use for building cells and tissues. In foods, carbohydrates provide flavor (such as sweetness) and structure (such as fiber in a carrot or a stalk of celery). Fiber provides bulk to the diet and assists with regularity. If we didn’t consume enough carbohydrate in the diet, it would be difficult to get through daily activities or to exercise adequately. Fiber is important in the diet to help keep the digestive tract running smoothly. And, having enough carbohydrate in the diet means that we don’t have to use dietary protein for fuel – that way, protein can be spent to build and repair tissue. Starchy foods such as potatoes, peas, corn and grain products (rice, cereal, bread, pasta, crackers, etc.) are ‘carbs’, but fruits and vegetables are also excellent sources of carbohydrate. Sugars – like table sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup – are also sources of ‘simple’ carbohydrates. The healthiest carbohydrate sources are whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains like whole wheat, barley or oats, because these foods provide not only carbohydrate, but also fiber and phytonutrients for good health.
There are two types:
The most simple carbohydrates are sugars such as glucose, table sugar and lactose / milk sugar. Foods high in simple sugars tend to be refined and to generally contain fewer essential vitamins and minerals. They are digested and absorbed quickly by the body and so provide a fast acting source of energy. Simple carbohydrates food sources are fruit juice, yoghurt, honey, muffins and cakes.
Complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly than simple sugars. They are broken down during the digestion process to simple sugars. The time taken to break them down means they are digested and absorbed into the body more slowly. So carbohydrates are converted into glucose which provides you with energy! Surplus glucose can be stored in the muscles and live for supply of direct fuel – any further surplus is converted into fat. Complex carbohydrates food sources fruits, vegetables, wholegrain breads, cereals and pasta.
is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent – ‘Shrove’ stems from old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’. It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.
The typical English pancake is thin and light and not dissimilar to a French crepe and usually eaten with sugar and lemon, or Golden Syrup.
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day in Britain
Pancakes are not just for Pancake Day (aka Shrove Tuesday). As you every country has their own style and they certainly do not keep them for simply one day of the year. In the UK the most popular time is to eat pancakes on Pancake Day – the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent – known also as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.
Pancake Day is a fabulous day of celebrating the day before abstinence sets in and traditionally a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
Snacking doesn’t have to be an unhealthy habit. It’s not unusual to get hungry between meals–particularly if you have a long stretch in between. Combat hunger by planning ahead to make sure you have some healthy foods available, and ideally, you should combine some protein with a little carbohydrate to fill you up and keep you going. A protein-enriched drink, a piece of fruit, or a small pot of yogurt with a few lowfat crackers should do the trick.
I do not understand when someone is drunk his/her coffee/tea without sugar however, why to eat – indeed! no one usually 2 biscuits eat with his/her tea/coffee in England? If I ask them they can with what they do not understand my question, because it is okay sugar is not a diet friendly anything but crackers also contain extra calories.