I know a lot of people don't know the difference between the type and quality of sugar ingested, but really how horrible is sugar? Surely it's not as bad as salt...
I know mainstream media is having a field day on demonizing sugar and I have read the book Sugar Blues. I've noticed a lot of people freaking out about added sugar in foods that also have salt and other unsavory items, so I'm thinking people are getting a bit carried away with the sugar paranoia... But really how bad is table sugar?
Table sugar is fine. Its the crap it hangs around that makes it 'toxic'. Oil, dairy, crackao, colours, preservatives etc. Ive done a lot of personal experiments using organic cane sugar and its just like fruit, if you eat low fat, your good.
I dont typically recommend the consumption of refined sugar as it has no nutrition apart from carbs. It will prevent one from bonking so its an emergency back up plan in a marathon or something but other wise: want sweet? Eat fruit. :)
Do you guys/gals remember the post here about the Sandalman in Florida, who wore flip flops to run all day, every day, carrying in his backpack some water and white table sugar as fuel. His teeth were missing, but he was very happy, and looked healthy otherwise.
If you're going to have cane sugar, get the syrup form, prior to any processing. I used to live a few kms from a very large sugar factory in northern Argentina, and raw cane syrup is something the locals used in teas and such.
The processed and bleached form of white/table sugar that we have around is completely useless and will only do harm. No good comes from it.