The Skinny on Natural Sugar

A lot of customers have asked us why our meals still contain sugar. Isn’t sugar bad for you? If we’re serving healthy meals, why do they have sugar? Sugar is an ingredient that should be ate sparingly; however, there are actually two different types of sugar. The difference between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars is pretty big.

Naturally occurring sugars are part of whole, natural foods. They’re found in fruits (in fructose) and milk (in lactose). Conversely, added sugars include sugars that are added to your food during processing or preparation, such as the flavouring in your yogurt or the sugar you add to your coffee. According to the American Heart Association, added sugars are listed on the ingredients list as brown sugar, pure cane sugar, turbinado sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup. These kinds of sugars are the ones you want to avoid. They fill you with unnecessary calories with no nutritional benefits. Your body absorbs them so fast that your blood sugar spikes and you can “crash” as a result. Natural sugars are lower on the glycemic index, and therefore don’t have these nasty side effects.

Sugars can also be added in the form of honey, molasses, agave syrup, or maple syrup, but these are often less processed and their raw/organic forms can have additional health benefits. Yet, you should still eat these sparingly. Naturally occurring sugars shouldn’t worry you. Whole foods with natural sugar, like fruit and plain dairy products, aren’t bad for you. Like any food, you should still monitor your intake, as too much of anything can be a bad thing. We don’t believe in deprivation at Fresh Fit Foods. We know that some people have a sweet tooth. If you’re going to indulge in something sweet, why not choose the better kind of sweet?

"Sugar 101." American Heart Association. American Heart Association Inc., 19 Nov. 2014. Web. <http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp>.

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