Ask Mark Q&A #6: Natural vs. Artificial Sugars, Caffeine, Preparing For Pregnancy, And More| Doctor’s Farmacy with Mark Hyman, MD

Key Takeaways

  • Sugar is a drug! Moderate and use recreationally in small doses
  • Least damaging sugars: maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, monkfruit sweetener, whole plant stevia
  • The gestation period plays a huge role in the child’s long term health the risk of disease
  • Barring anxiety, palpitations, or sleep issues – 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning is fine for most people

Introduction

In this episode, Dr. Mark Hyman holds a live Q&A and answers listener questions about types of sugar, caffeine, preparing for pregnancy, and much more!

Host: Mark Hyman, MD (@drmarkhyman

How Our Bodies Process Different Types of Sugar

  • Most sugar should be considered the same thing
  • Complex carbs versus simple carbs is an outdated idea
  •  “Sugar is sugar is sugar for the most part” – Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Sugar is designed to highjack your brain chemistry
  • Sugar is a drug. Moderate and use recreationally in small doses
  • Sugar sources: table sugar, coconut sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.
  • Natural sweeteners: erythritol, monkfruit, etc.
  • Artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, Splenda, etc.
  • We need to consider the glycemic load of the food we’re eating
  • Monkfruit sweeteners don’t seem to cause a big issue with metabolism and cravings, but moderation is still key
  • There’s a difference between stevia the plant and stevia the extract (found in some diet sodas)
  • Stay away from sugar alcohols (e.g., sorbitol)! They tend to cause digestive issues
  • Stay away from artificial sweeteners! They leave you craving more, ruin metabolism, and contribute to obesity
  • Also stay away: high fructose corn syrup
  • Least damaging sugars: maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, monkfruit sweetener, whole plant stevia

Pros and Cons of Caffeine

  • Caffeine is a drug
  • If you have sleep troubles, anxiety, palpitations – avoid coffee entirely
  • Caffeine is metabolized by people at different rates
  • For most people, having 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning is fine
  • Fresh roasted or small batch coffee is important without additives and contaminants
  • Coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in the American diet (mostly because our diet is so bad, not that coffee is so nutritious)  

How Do You Prepare For Pregnancy?

  • “Think of it like getting your garden ready to plant a seed” – Dr. Mark Hyman
  • The gestation period plays a huge role in the child’s long term health the risk of disease
  • Eat to restore your body’s health and create a healthy environment
  • Eat a whole food diet: get rid of sugar, control blood sugar, quit processed foods
  • Don’t eat whatever you want and pig out on ice cream
  • Blood test for proper nutrients: vitamin D, homocysteine, B vitamins, omega-3 fats, plasma zinc level, red cell magnesium levels
  • Take a high quality prenatal: Thorne, pure encapsulation, metagenics, designs for health

How Do You Get Family On Board With Healthy Living?

  • “Show, not tell.” –  Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Invite people and cook delicious, nutritious meals for people to set an example
  • Share little habits with others and inspire by example
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