Sugar is everywhere, and — as with so many things — too much of it is detrimental to our health and well-being. While this is common knowledge for many, most of us are still consuming well more than is recommended, and the topic has gotten even more confusing in recent years with the proliferation of artificial and natural sweeteners. Paul Kriegler, RD, CPT, explains the body-wide health effects of sugar, the pros and cons of the various types of sweet sources, and how we can be more mindful about sugar’s place in our diets.
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