The human’s being diet doesn’t consider that filled with too much added sugar is a hidden secret anymore, and it does not give for us any favors. It has a strong relationship to high rates of obesity and weight gain, second type of diabetes, heart disease and many other type of that chronic illnesses.
As it is stated by the American’s Food and Drug Administration, the average American citizen consumes daily what is nearly to 300 calories of added sugars that exist in foods ranging from fruit juice to baked goods and sugar sweetened beverages, protein bars and granola. And people unconsciously choose to eat heaps of sugar all the time because three out of every four items on supermarket shelves given contains added sugar.
Fortunately, Some companies have started applying the new label of new Nutrition Facts label that people probably may soon get an easier time to determine how much added sugar is in their food, due to a new Nutrition Facts label that is discussed and it is going into apply at the start of 2020 that will include companies to list the amount of added sugar detailed in grams and as a percentage of the Daily Value in any packaged food will be stored.
The FDA says this label will allow people to make large knowledge and more informed food choices. That said, a lot of people still don’t have a large ignorance of if the natural sugars in fruits, vegetables and some other different foods are really have any different or it’s better for us the sugar that is added during processing. Let’s avoid this misunderstood and confusion.
What are better for us the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables or added sugars?
According to what experts suggest, the answer that is given by Dana Hunnes is resounding as positive. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at UCLA and registered dietitian, she helped us understand the reason why.
When we eat a potato or an apple, we are about eating all the other nutrients and benefits in that food ingredient, such as water, fats and proteins. But when we take the sugar out of its context, that sugar is abstracted of all the heath-enhancing properties and characteristics of the original meal that it was sourced from, we are losing all of its nutrient and benefit properties except for the sweetness and the calories extracted with.”
To get full understand in how natural sugars are healthier than added sugars, it’s very important first to understand what added sugars are made from and how they’re made. Several types of sugar, like sugar extracted from rice and agave nectar, are technically natural sugars, but they are extracted and given in a high concentrations and then put on to foods where they are too easy to digest and absorb. In this case, it acts as added sugar because they have been processed and filtered and it is outside of its natural context as Hunnes explained. When we say natural sugars, we are mentioning the sugars that are naturally occur in fruits, vegetables, dairy and other meals.
Avigdor Arad (director of the Mount Sinai Physio-Lab and instructor of endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) said that there is no much difference between sugar that is exist in food naturally and those that are added. However, how it’s given to the body, what it brings with it, and the quantity is much different.
Arad explains:” the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables do not exist in such a high concentration as added sugars, and they are often accompany by healthy contents like fiber, which reduces the absorption of natural sugars into the blood. While, added sugars are devoid of food goods, they are more focused and they hit our circulation far more quickly.
We have to produce a lot of insulin because if it does not the added sugar would send our system out of whack, as we already know the chronic elevation of insulin in the blood can affect us and may cause damage.
Do we have to be more mindful of the sugar content of fruits and vegetables even we know they are healthy?
Hunnes said that Active and healthy people without blood-glucose issues can eat as many vegetables they can and almost as much fruit as they want without worrying about the enhance of sugar content.
But for people that they have diabetes the natural sugar in fruits and vegetables can be a concern, as Arad said he suggests patients with diabetes to limit their fruit and vegetable consumption if it’s damage them and their blood sugar. Otherwise he believes that fruit and vegetables are the healthiest foods for people and they should consume it.