How To Differentiate Between Natural Sugar And Added Sugar?
Updated : September 14, 2021 10:09 IST
Founder of Diet Podium and Holistic Nutritionist Dt. Shikha Mahajan gives a significant distinction between sugars.
Added sugars are found in nature and are consumed in their natural state. They are added during food processing such as dextrose or sucrose, packaged foods such as sweeteners and table sugar. Fruit, for example, includes fructose, while dairy products contain lactose. These sugars nevertheless have elements that are beneficial to general health. Furthermore, natural sugars are frequently combined with fibre, which slows the sugar rate, which affects your blood sugar levels. As a result, your metabolism remains stable, and you feel fuller for a long time after you eat. Sugars are added to foods during processing (such as sucrose or dextrose), foods packaged as sweeteners (such as table sugar), sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices added sugars. Conversely, natural sugars present in milk, fruits, and vegetables are excluded.
Natural sugars and added sugars are vastly different. Natural sugars can be found in our whole meals, such as fruit, containing fibre and antioxidants. Added sugars are added to packaged goods during manufacturing and provide no nutritional value (besides calories). Give examples.