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Healthy Sugar vs. Added Sugar~Note the Difference

We know that too much sugar in our diets isn’t healthy. It can hinder our immune system, cause weight gain, adult on-set diabetes, and a whole host of other health issues. Remember too that aside from the sugars we put in our coffee and tea, there are countless hidden sources of sugar in processed foods…things like corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, malt syrup. Sugar by any of these names is still sugar, and there is nothing healthy about them, unlike fruit.

Yes fruit does contain sugar, but it’s naturally occurring sugar, the same kind found in things like milk products and even some vegetables. Here’s the big difference. Although our bodies see and react to all types of sugar essentially the same, when we eat things like fruits and vegetables and low-fat milk for example, we’re also consuming really healthful nutrients, including vitamins and antioxidants from the fruits and veges, and calcium and protein from milk products. We need these things to maintain good health.

What we need to cut back on is our intake of added sugars in things like sodas, juice drinks, and of course candies and desserts. These offer nothing in the way of good nutrition and can even harm us. They also account for 16% of total calories in the average American’s diet, according to Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

It’s all about living healthier longer, and one big way to do that is to cut back on added sugars and processed foods.

Read the labels, they make it very easy to grab the good-for-you items and pass up the others.

 

 

 

 

 

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