Does the Bread We Eat Contain Sugar?
Do you know what sugar really is? Yes,just love it,crave for it,and adore it for its sweetness. However,sugar in the right form is not poison. In fact,sugar isn’t even known as,â?§the most delicious of all poisons. Have you ever tried to cook a meal without any sugar or honey? You probably won’t like your dinner.
What are the functions of sugars? Sugars are used by the body cells to form and maintain all the important chemical compounds such as glucose,energy and hormones. The problem arises when these compounds are not available due to insufficient amount. The body cells,which are unable to use the glucose and other sugars form into sugar and is stored as fat.
What’s the function of fructose? Fructose is a type of sugar that enters the bloodstream immediately after a nutrient such as vegetables,protein or carbohydrates are digested. However,the liver does not metabolize it immediately because it has two types namely simple and complex. Simple fructose,also known as lactose,is absorbed by the blood stream much faster compared to complex.
Why does the liver not metabolize it directly? The liver cannot handle the production of large amounts of fructose,which is found in high sugar foods,because it needs more insulin to break it down. High blood sugar levels cause the pancreas to release more insulin,which in turn stimulates cells to release more insulin,making them bigger and larger. The insulin gets carried to other cells,especially the cells in the blood sugar levels. The problem begins when there is not enough insulin to carry out other metabolic processes needed by the cells.
The liver will take care of the production of glucose by breaking down glucose that has already been metabolized into glycogen. However,if there is not enough insulin in the bloodstream,the pancreas will not secrete enough glycogen,which mean there will be less glucose to be processed into glycogen,and hence into glucose. The glucose will enter the blood cells,where it is used for energy. If there is a surplus of glucose in the bloodstream,there will be low levels of glycogen and the cells will be unable to replenish themselves.
Insulin will then transport glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. If there is a surplus of insulin,the cells will be unable to absorb the glucose. Hence,there will be a high level of glucose in the bloodstream,and that is what we call hypoglycemia. The term hypoglycemia can also be applied to low levels of glucose in the bloodstream. So,whenever you hear the term “insulin resistant bread” or “low blood sugar level” this means that the bread is not able to absorb enough glucose,and that you are susceptible to hypoglycemia.