I eat a large amount of whole raw fruits every day. This makes people ask questions about the high sugar content and blood sugar levels.
I am going to point out 3 basic differences in raw fruit sugar and man-made processed sugar. Hopefully this will help you understand that eating lots of fruit is not bad for your health.
1. Natural Sugar vs. Man-Made Sugar?
- Whole Fruit contains sugar in its natural state, unprocessed.
- Processed sugar is a man-made addictive food that comes from sugar cane or sugar beets.
2. Type of Sugar
- Fruit sugar contains fructose and breaks down in the liver so insulin is not needed for digestion (no blood sugar spike).
- Processed sugar contains glucose and breaks down in the stomach so insulin is needed to digest (blood sugar spike).
- Whole fruit contains fiber, which helps your body absorb the sugar more slowly.
- Processed sugar is digested quickly (ENERGY BOOST) but, once the sugar is digested, your energy level drops (CRASH). That’s why eating foods high in refined sugar will give you a roller coaster feeling of “up and down” (coffee, soda, vitamin-water, fruit juice, candy, cereal, cake, ice cream, cookies, etc.). Read more about fruit
I recommend seeking the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or changing your diet.