The Sweet Balance

The Sweet Balance

As Halloween draws near, the concern over sugar increases. Many individuals find themselves contemplating whether they should steer clear of both processed and natural sugars. Should we be avoiding natural sugars?


Understanding Natural Sugars


It’s important to differentiate between natural sugars and processed sugars. Natural sugars are intrinsic to whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. Processed sugars, on the other hand, are highly processed and incorporated into processed foods and beverages to enhance sweetness and flavor.


Whether processed, or natural – sugar provides glucose.


Glucose is the brain’s main source of fuel and is also very important for system functioning throughout the whole body. Natural sugars are found in whole foods, so not only do you get glucose, but also extra components like protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. These components help the sugar digest slower in your body and reduce the fast blood sugar spike and drop.


Sugar, whether natural or processed, isn't the enemy.


It's the excessive consumption of added sugars and a lack of balance in one's diet that pose health risks. Instead of fearing sugar, embrace the following principles:

Balance and Moderation

The key to a healthy diet is balance and moderation. Halloween treats still provide your body with glucose fuel, so enjoying them on occasion and choosing natural sugars generally help maintain a well-rounded diet.


Choose Whole Foods

Opt for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains over processed foods laden with added sugars. Swap processed sugars with natural alternatives like coconut sugar or dates for added nourishment.


    Mindful Eating

    Pay attention to your body's hunger cues and eat mindfully. This can help you enjoy sweets without overindulging.


      Indulging in sweet foods brings a sense of joy and comfort, so it’s always about balance!

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