Well if sugar is natural and from nature doesn’t that make it healthy ? Technically, sugars are considered “natural” in the sense that they are extracted from a plant. Yet, it can still be harmful if consumed in abundance, whether its natural or processed. For instance, 4 medium sized apples have around 80 g of sugar. Which equals 12 tablespoons of sugar!
Be it a fruit or a cookie, sugar is made up of the same two components: fructose and glucose. The composition of sugar molecules is the same regardless of the origin. Only difference is that fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn’t provoke an insulin response. Glucose starts to break down in the stomach and requires the release of insulin to be metabolized.
But that doesn’t mean that you should fear small amounts of naturally occurring sugars in their native forms like an apple or a carrot. Fruit is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and water, while candy is nutritionally void.
Plus, whole fruit has fiber, which actually slows down your body’s digestion of glucose, so you don’t get the insulin roller coaster that refined sugar causes.
Zein Nimri is an AFPA certified sports nutritionist, NESTA kids nutritionist, long distance runner, cyclist and traveller with big dreams. Follow her on Instagram @Zeinutritionist she is also currently studying to become an “Eating Disorder Recovery Coach”.