Sugar…it’s sweet, it’s yummy, it’s highly addictive and unfortunately, it’s everywhere we turn. Yes…it’s even in fruit. But which sugars constitute as good sugars and which ones as bad? In this article, we’re looking at the difference between good and bad sugar!
As a rule, ‘good’ sugars are found in healthy whole foods, while ‘bad’ sugars are commonly found in highly refined, processed foods. Refined sugars are extremely easy to eat in excess because they taste delicious. For example, you may easily gulp down a can of soft drink but you wouldn’t eat four apples in one sitting. Why? Because the fibre in fresh fruit keeps you feeling full! Whole foods may contain some sugar but they also come packaged with fibre. Fibre makes a significant difference because it helps to slow down the absorption of sugar, which in turn moderates its impact on blood sugar levels.
So, is fruit bad for you if it contains sugar? Not at all! When you consume fruit, you are not only consuming fructose in its natural state, but you are also consuming fibre as well as other important vitamins and minerals. With that being said, we don’t recommend over-consuming fruit because as the saying goes ‘too much of anything is bad’. But when it comes down to it, eating a lot of fruit is better than eating a bag of lollies so always opt for fruit over processed foods.
Are you trying to fend off sugar cravings? Here are some tips:
- Distract yourself by taking a short walk, reading or listening to some music
- Swap the sugary snacks for healthy snacks, such as nuts and seeds. These are high in fat and protein, so are great for keeping hunger at bay
Sugar can be the devil because it’s highly addictive and tastes so good but it doesn’t have to be. Limit the processed foods you consume and. We know the sugar cravings are real though so when they hit, always opt for a piece of fruit over an unhealthy, refined sugar alternative!