Good morning! It's THURSDAY! And a long day it is....
I have to tell you a story......yesterday I treated myself to a small ice cream cone from Dairy Queen on my way home from work. It sounded good. Well guess what, I spent the rest of the evening in the bathroom. Boy did it upset my stomach and go right through me. Why was that? I don't know but I am blaming it on sugar or the sweeteners that is in it since that is what I have been researching and chatting about the last few days. No one has to worry about me doing that again anytime soon...I will just stick to my fruits and veggies.
NATURAL SUGARS verses PROCESSED SUGARS: Is there a difference?
The main difference between natural and processed sugars is how each one delivers glucose and fructose. For example, fruits are not just fructose in different shapes. They also contain a pile of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Whereas your typical table sugar doesn't.
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There is a great article about this. Here is the link to it if you are interested in reading the complete article.
I have told people I am getting myself off of most sugar (I know I know...the ice cream cone last night)......anyway, I have had people ask me then "Well why are you eating fruit? It has sugar in it"
I agree with this article, there is so much misinformation out there about sugar and just nutrition in general. I believe the food industry has such a strong handle on this in order for them to make a few extra bucks...or more like thousands or millions of $$$.
This next section is quoted right from the article:
"How they’re the same: No matter what form sugar comes in, it’s a simple carbohydrate that is broken down for energy. The sugar that’s in a piece of fruit is made up of fructose and glucose, just like processed sugar. Most fruits are 40-55% fructose (although this varies depending on the fruit—cranberries have 20% fructose and apples are 65% fructose). Table sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Your body processes fructose in the liver so it won’t trigger an insulin response, while glucose starts to break in the stomach and requires insulin to be released into the bloodstream so it can be metabolized quickly. Neither glucose nor fructose is better than the other, when looked at alone. It’s how it’s packaged that makes the difference."
"How they’re different: The type of sugar (natural or refined) that you’re eating impacts your health differently. Natural sugar—the sugar that comes in fruit—is packaged with fiber, water, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phtytonutrients and other nutrients that improve your health. (Natural sugar is also found in milk and cheese and is called lactose.) Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are both processed to extract the sugar. Usually, this sugar is a combination of glucose and fructose, called sucrose."
Very good information in those two paragraphs.
The article goes on to say:
"Manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high fructose corn syrup, to many foods and drinks. Other than providing a source of energy that the body can use, processed sugar doesn’t provide any benefits to the body—it lacks the fiber and health-promoting nutrients that occur in natural sugar sources. By contrast, processed sugar can harm the body when overeaten and may contribute to inflammation, disease, weight gain and obesity. This is why refined sugar is known as “empty calories”—calories without nutrients that benefit the body."
With Weight Watchers, all foods equal a given a certain number of points and you can have so many points in a day. The app has a scanner you can use at the grocery store and it is fun to scan things to see how many points they are. The high end points are usually your processed foods, sugary foods. To me usually they are not worth the extra points! My ice cream cone last night is worth 11 points. YES every once in awhile I will treat myself to something like that but most of the time I am spot on track and my body feels SO MUCH BETTER when I eat the healthy natural sugars and kick processed sugars to the curb. In doing so it is CRAZY how many foods have processed sugars in them!
Read your labels! When at the grocery store next time, take a few extra minutes and pick up a few different things and look at the labels. I started slow...and now it is one of my favorite past time activities...reading labels. I can spend 2 hours at the store shopping, looking and learning.
I am still learning how to read labels and the different names of sugars. They say there are over 60 different names for sugar when they are in food. 60+!!!!!!
Here is a link to another very good article if you are interested in reading it about sugar science.
Remember, fat does not make you fat, SUGAR DOES!!! I use to think the other way...it was fat...no no no.....that is not right....sugar does!
If you look at the foods that are "low fat"....guess what most of them put in them for them to taste better!!!??????!!!!!! YES some form of SUGAR!!!!!!!
As you can tell I am very passionate about this topic. More on the subject of sugar tomorrow.....
Have a blessed and happy day!