Most people who are working toward optimal health have an opinion (or two) about sugar. But while you may know that you shouldn’t eat too much of it, there is a lot of information about sugar that you may not be aware of.
Here’s what you might not know about sugar!
We have a natural preference for it.
Did you know that craving sweetness isn’t a learned trait? According to this article in the Journal of Nutrition, “the sensory pleasure derived from tasting sweet substances has an innate basis” (page 2). Those sugar cravings are completely natural.
Does that mean you’re doomed? Nope! You can learn to make healthier choices when you’re craving something sweet. Rather than reaching for a sugary soda, grab a glass of Passion. Instead of eating a candy bar, try eating some fruit or a square of dark chocolate, which is sweet but offers antioxidants as well. By choosing healthier sweet treats, you can satisfy those cravings without overloading on sugar!
It’s not all bad for you.
When you’re thinking about getting healthy, it can be tempting to get rid of all dietary sugars. But many healthy foods, including fruit and milk, have naturally-occurring sugars, and those are nothing to worry about! In fact, your body needs these sugars as an essential form of fuel.
Added sugars are the ones that you need to look out for. You’d be surprised how many processed foods have added sugars, even if they aren’t sweet. Breakfast cereals, sauces, granola bars, and salad dressings are just some of the processed foods that contain more sugar than you might expect. One thing you don’t have to worry about? Your favorite Yoli drinks—they’re sweetened with stevia, not sugar!
It’s not always easy to find on nutrition labels.
Avoiding added sugars would be a lot easier if they were always called sugars on ingredient lists. Unfortunately, sugar can go by a lot of different names! Be sure to carefully read the nutritional information on each label of the food you buy and pay special attention to the ingredient list. Sugars are often listed with their names ending in the suffix –ose (glucose, fructose, etc.), so look out for them!
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