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