Have you seen the new frooti ad? (watch below) It is full on unhealthy looking people. Most of them are really out of shape. Is Frooti trying to imply that its drinkers get unhealthy like that? Mango is healthy, but mango flavoured drinks like these are loaded with sugar, and we all know that Sugar Makes you Fat. If you keep drinking sugar loaded drinks consistently, you will promote fat storage in your body, and become unhealthy.
Indians are a higher risk of diabetes and hypertension- India is projected to be the diabetes capital of the world by 2050. Obesity is also on the rise in India. Indians already lead such sedentary lives, that its important for us to ensure we stay healthy and fit.
If the video doesn’t work, view it here- YouTube Frooti New Ad. On a side note, we think its an interesting ad film
Many people have this myth that sugar contains lots of fat content. In fact, Sugar is essentially not bad for your body.
It is the excessive consumption of sugar that is unhealthy along with our lack of physical activity, and that it permeates in some form or another in most foods that we eat.
Sugar is basically glucose. So, any food item that contains sugar has glucose. Read on to know how sugar reacts inside your body, and how your body reacts to it.
The basic purpose of glucose in our body is to provide immediate energy. Each gram of sugar provides 4 calories of energy.
When we consume sugary foods, this glucose gets immediately absorbed by our blood to be converted into energy. Since glucose is so quickly absorbed into our blood stream, the glucose levels in our blood shoots up. That’s why you feel a sudden surge of energy right after eating sugary food. When the blood glucose level shoots up and we’re not doing any activity that uses up this glucose, our brain assumes that there is extra energy available and starts to store energy in the form of fat. So, the excess calories (energy) from glucose get converted to fat. Our brain is wired the way our primitive ancestors lived, not knowing when it would get food the next time. Its only in the last few hundred years that we’ve had some surety of food availability.
So, every time you eat something containing glucose and its not consumed by our body (like after dinner or just generally snacking), our brain notes the extra energy in the system and starts storing it as fat.
Next time, you’re going for that Danish pastry or craving those Rasgollas after dinner, think about how that’s going to affect your body.
Foods that contain glucose are sugar based foods and refined flour (maida). Foods with high sugar content are also called high glycemic index foods.
Fruits are sweet also, but they aren’t harmful to the body like glucose is.
Note: There are times when your body needs energy, and then glucose is needed – sickness, or long workouts.