Pueblo Inglés Radio: Azúcar refinado – ¿el diablo blanco?

While we never thought it was healthy, little did we know how bad it was.

When we were younger, our mothers didn’t want us to eat very much sugar. Were they worried about our health? O.K., maybe a bit. But the real reason that they didn’t want us to consume excessive amounts of sugar was that it ‘made us hyper’. Alright, and it was bad for our teeth. And it was a source of calories that provided no vitamins or nutrients. Pure calories that made us bounce off the walls.
Fast forward to now, and we are just beginning to understand how bad refined sugar can be for us. These days there is a big problem with obesity and diabetes in the U.S. that most experts attribute to an excessive consumption of sugary soft drinks and super-sweet, multicolored breakfast cereal. Major studies in the U.S. and Europe are now linking its consumption with more problems like heart disease and even cancer.

And it’s not just the obvious culprits. Sure, candy, pastries and the aforementioned foods contain a lot of sugar, but you expect it to be there. You might not expect high quantities of sugar in foods like ketchup, spaghetti sauce, fruit juice, yogurt and, incredibly enough, some frozen meals.

Will we one day say that refined sugar isn’t as bad as we initially thought, as we have with eggs, olive oil and some fats? It is doubtful.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary   VOCABULARY

Amount – cantidad
To provide – aportar
To bounce – botar
Soft drink – refresco
Culprit – culpable




06/02/2015Level - difficulty 1United StatesUnited States 2Audio