1 year ago
Can you eat sweets without getting fat or diabetes?
1 year ago
A very common misconception is that eating sugar or sweets causes diabetes. This is not entirely true. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas and destroys them. It occurs mostly at a very young age. Type 2 Diabetes is more common and usually occurs in adulthood. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body isn’t able to use insulin in the right way. This is called insulin resistance. As type 2 diabetes gets worse, the pancreas may make less and less insulin leading to insulin deficiency. Eating sugar or sweets has nothing to do with developing Type 1 Diabetes. Intake of sugary drinks should be limited to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. One of the biggest risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes is being overweight, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. It is the high calorie content and not the sugar that leads to insulin resistance and diabetes. When taking sweets, remember that all sweets are not alike. Some have sugar alone and hence contain lesser calories and are safe to eat. Sweets containing high khoya content, ghee or oil are high in calories and hence more fattening. These sweets are more likely to result into insulin resistance in long term leading to diabetes. Sweets are bad because of calories contained in them. Serving sizes make a huge difference. When you include sweets in your meal, have one chapatti instead of two or have a smaller serving of rice.
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