I would like to introduce you to some very basic but essential information on how saccharides (carbohydrates) are categorized.
Most of us associate this term with “sugars”, which is a very inaccurate and confusing word. “Sugars and?”
And then I often receive emails from you with photographed labels and ask: “Can I eat this when it has saccharides??!”
Even in consultations, the topic of saccharides is brought up a lot.

In order to have our North star and not commit mistakes, we need to know WHICH saccharides are in our meals, because they are omni present. I’ll try to clear the air so that you can pick and choose correctly by yourself.
With SCD it’s important to be able to distinguish between the various saccharides, which allows us to know what is and isn’t suitable.
Don’t worry this won’t be a chemistry lesson with equations and formulas, I’ll name everything in a way that’s understandable and so that you can avoid unnecessary mistakes. As Radek says, when you decide to follow SCD, you need to follow it “fanatically”, otherwise it just won’t work.

Dividing Saccharides
Saccharides are also known as carbohydrates.
They are divided into monosaccharides, oligosaccharides (disaccharides), and polysaccharides. 
The most important part for us and SCD is that only MONOSACCHARIDES are suitable for our healing,
and that’s where I will begin.

– they consist of 1 sugar unit, sometimes regarded as quick sugar, these consist of:
a/ aldose, glucose, allose, deoxyribose, galactose, glucose, glyceraldehyde, manose, ribose and xylose belong here
b/ ketose, here we have fructose or ribulose

– these compose of 2 – 10 sugar units and consist of:
a/ disaccharides –  comprise of 2 sugar units, e.g. sucrose, maltose and lactose
b/ trisaccharides comprise of 3 sugar units, here we have raffinose
c/ tetrasaccharidescomprise of 4 sugar units, etc.

– comprise of more than 10 sugar units, we call them complex, compound saccharides
–  in the category you can find starch, glycogen, cellulose, chitin, heperain, inulin

If you want to go deeper on this topic you can search the internet. You can of course take a look at wikipedia (Carbohydrates – Wiki) and added links. Make sure to try various sources, some expert sites state that disaccharides are simple sugars!!! 🙂

So now, what’s the deal with labels on products? That’s a riddle all unto itself. Labels says saccharides, of which sugars. “What does it mean, of which sugars?” The producer already introduces confusion. We ask, “Which sugars?” “What kind of saccharides is it?” In the vast majority “sugars” mean monosaccharides. If we can’t find our food item in the Legal/Illegal list we have to look elsewhere, in the nutritional tables (Nutrition data EN or Nutrition data DE, EN).
Be vigilant in your search and research, don’t hesitate to ask us too, we will gladly assist. 🙂

Some details regarding fructose and dextrose.
How come that dextrose, a simple sugar is unsuitable for SCD?

The issue with dextrose is that it comes in the form of grain (granule). Dextrose that’s present in commercial products is not pure dextrose, it’s not the same as the simple sugar found in fruit or honey.

Since dextrose is manufactured commercially from corn starch, it has been found that the product is a mixture of several different mixtures of sugars: polysaccharides with short chain, trisaccharides, and disaccharides. In spite of all this, it’s still regarded as dextrose, which causes all of this confusion. Additionally, such extracted sugar has a variety of possible effects on the gut, which are different from the sugar found in foods, the natural sugar. For example when you eat an apple. If you snack on an apple where you can find fructose and glucose, everything is all right, but if the sugar was artificially created, extracted and inserted into processed food, it behaves differently.

If you eat an apple or two smaller ones, it’s fine. If you make a smoothie however, which contains 4 apples and other fruits and you ingest all of it, you are tempting your health. Even though fructose is a monosaccharide, it can cause major health issues in large quantities. This goes especially for frutarians, where everyday meals consist mostly of large amounts of fruit and vegetables. Let’s posit a question then “Can I eat 4 apples, piece of pineapple and a banana in one sitting?” most likely not. But when it’s in the form of a smoothie, it becomes quite managable, and you can easily overdose, even if it’s just simple sugar. This is why we cannot recommend such diet. Moreover, if you drink your fruits, the contact with saliva and all the associated enzymes is massively reduced, which hampers the digestive process, and from there it makes sense issues may arise. And then there are other things, such as my personal belief, that if it was intended for us to drink our fruits, Nature would make it so the cocktails grow on a trees. But it seems like it is intended for us to eat the apple whole with the skin and the seeds. That is the beauty of life, that we might have forgotten.
PS, if you prepare yourself a beet and apple juice for the purpose of detox, that’s a different story. It’s good to look for information and see it from different perspectives, there is no singular answer for everything. We have to know what do we want and where do we want to go. What is the ultimate result we are looking for. This is a topic in its own right, but for now I think we can leave it here. This article should give you a good basic overview, if you have any more questions, you can always type us an email.
Let’s eat a variety of foods and not too much or too little. Any extreme is going to be harmful.

Glucose – wikipedia


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