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A Spoonful Of Sugar A Day - Can It Keep The Doctor Away?

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Summary:
„Sugar‟ might as well be a four-letter word the way science and pseudo-
science has demonized it over the years. The nemesis of dieters
everywhere, sugar has become the scapegoat for obesity as well as a
number of other diseases and conditions. People have been told by
nutritionists that carbohydrates are bad, sugar is bad, and now there
seems to be a Diet version of practically everything on the market. But
is sugar really as evil as everyone thinks it is?

A scientific fie...


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glyconutrients,


Article Body:
„Sugar‟ might as well be a four-letter word the way science and pseudo-
science has demonized it over the years. The nemesis of dieters
everywhere, sugar has become the scapegoat for obesity as well as a
number of other diseases and conditions. People have been told by
nutritionists that carbohydrates are bad, sugar is bad, and now there
seems to be a Diet version of practically everything on the market. But
is sugar really as evil as everyone thinks it is?

A scientific field called glycoscience and/or glycobiology disagrees with
much of the popular opinion about sugar, and not just regarding weight
loss. There is an ever-increasing amount of research that suggests
certain types of sugars can have an enormous benefit to our health,
including boosting human immune response, to inhibiting cancerous tumor
growth.

„Glyco‟ is derived from the Greek word „sweet‟ and refers to
monosaccharides or sugars. For decades, Scientists have known about the
link between sugars, carbohydrates and their effect in boosting energy.
It‟s no secret that carbs and sugars are our main source of fuel, and
help us perform our everyday tasks, as well as provide the oomph we need
to hit the ol‟ stairclimber. But especially since the popularity of the
Atkins diet which demonizes carbs and sugars, many people have been
missing out on the benefits of the sweet stuff.

Glycoscience is amassing more and more evidence that the role of carbs is
crucial to maintaining the healthy function of the body. Most people are
familiar with the term „glucose‟ but there are over 200 monosaccharides
found in plants and, of those, less than ten are used by the body to
maintain a healthy equilibrium. Some other sugars are: mannose,
galactose, xylose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine,
and sialic acid (N-acetylneuraminic acid or NANA).
Recent scientific evidence is showing that these sugars and carbs help us
on a cellular level. They allow our cells to better interact with each
other, thus making every basic bodily function more efficient and
effective. This cellular response from carbs flies in the face of the fad
low-carb diets that are finally beginning to wan. What was formerly a no-
carb or low-carb mentality really should be a “right-carb” mentality.
With the right carbs and sugars, the human body becomes a well-oiled
machine that can live longer, and more importantly live better than ever
before.

Human beings, from a purely biological standpoint, have not really
changed in thousands of years. We are still basically the same beings
that survived on mainly plants for millennia. And yet the food we eat
today is a far cry from the food we ate thousands of years ago or even as
much as 50 years ago. Genetic engineering, growth hormones, and
preservatives are now an integral part of almost everything we eat.
Especially with fast food, and enormous portion of the population eats
foods that are virtually bereft of nutrients. Empty calories are on the
diets of millions of people every single day.

Now although most people would agree with that statement, most of them
would heartily disagree that sugar and carbs are the answer to many of
the health questions plaguing our modern society. Well surprise
everybody…sugar might be the way to go. Again though, they have to be the
right sugars; the monosaccharides found in plants, not the table sugar
you find in your local grocery store.

So the question remains, where do we get these beneficial sugars? Simple.
The company is called Mannatech. Publicly traded on the NASDAQ,
Mannatech‟s main product is something called Ambrotose®, and most
recently, Advanced Ambrotose™. This product has been heralded by many in
the scientific community as the next big thing in the multi-billion
dollar supplement industry.

When you see how many diseases are preventable simply by an alteration in
diet and taking proper supplements, it‟s heartbreaking to see the
thousands that are unaware of the damage they are doing to themselves by
rigorously maintaining their strict low-carb regimes. People hear
this…CARBS ARE GOOD…as long as they are the right carbs and sugars. This
point has to be made again and again until people start listening and
taking charge if their own well-being.

Note: Glyconutrients are not intended to heal, treat, or cure any
disease.

				
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