Natural vs Added Sugars
There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between added sugars and natural sugars. Natural sugars are in foods that also contain water, fiber and micro-nutrients, think fruits and vegetables. Added sugars are in candy, many processed foods, soft drinks, baked goods.
All forms of sugar are simple carbohydrates. Your body converts simple carbs into glucose for energy. But the type of sugar you're eating - natural or refined - has an effect on your body and your overall health.
Natural sugar found in fruit, veggies and milk provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that help prevent disease and keep you healthy.
Refined, or added sugar, is from sugar beets or sugar cane. There are also chemically produced sugars, high fructose corn syrup that are added to sweeten cereal, desserts, and low-fat foods are some of the worst offenders as it is used to add flavor missing when fat is removed.
Fiber in fruit expands in your gut to make you feel full and slows down the metabolism of sugar in fruit. Your body digests refined sugar quickly causing blood sugar and insulin to spike and you usually won't feel full no matter how many calories you consume of added sugars.
How much sugar is in your blood also determines how your body uses the sugar. Regardless of the source, too much can be stored as glycogen for quick energy or as fat.
So, how much sugar is too much?
There's no simple answer, but the American Heart Association says the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
So how much added sugar is that?
Here are some surprising foods with tons of added sugar (1 teaspoon = 16 calories)
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