You might have heard that a diet high in sugar is linked to greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other chronic illnesses. But not all sugar is created equal, and many of the healthiest foods out there include a decent dose. So we’ve pulled together three facts about sugar that may surprise you.
- Our bodies need sugar (glucose) to function. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that the body converts into glucose and uses for energy. In fact, it is the number one food for the brain and an extremely important source of fuel throughout the body.
- But while natural sugars are valuable, refined sugars are dangerous. The body metabolizes natural sugar differently than refined sugar. Refined sugar is broken down rapidly, causing insulin and blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Because you digest refined sugar quickly, you don’t feel full after eating, no matter how many calories you consumed! On the other hand, foods with natural sugar provide essential nutrients that keep us healthy, help prevent disease and are full of fiber, which slows digestion and makes you feel full.
- Refined sugars are hidden EVERYWHERE! You might be surprised to know that even foods such as pasta sauce, salad dressing and yogurt are often full of processed sugars. That’s why we cook with natural sugars and limit our refined sugars. We love adding foods like avocados and sweet potatoes to desserts, and if you like beets, they’re a great sweetener for foods like hummus and yogurt.
We hope you find this information valuable, and if you have any questions, please drop us a line.