Here's the skinny on some good vs bad sugars from livestrong.
Why fruit sugars make you healthier
Here’s the easiest way to look at it: Refined sugars are bad for you. Sugars embedded in fruits are not. There’s no question that a diet high in refined sugar will lead to obesity and potentially diabetes, heart disease, dementia, macular degeneration, and tooth decay, not to mention increasing your risk of diseases like cancer.
In contrast, fructose from whole, natural foods improves the way the body controls blood sugar. And just to test the theory that there’s no such thing as too much fruit, a study published by the journal Metabolism2 demonstrated that subjects could consume 20 servings of fruit a day with no negative effect on weight, cholesterol, or blood pressure.
Eat the rainbow and enjoy it
The take-home lesson here is that a healthy person really can’t eat too many fruits and vegetables, regardless of their natural sugar levels. The anti-cancer properties of fruits and vegetables are unsurpassed by any other food, supplement, or treatment.
Not only are they loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but fruits and vegetables are also the best way to take in cancer-fighting agents such as antioxidants and phytochemicals.
On top of that, fruits and vegetables protect you against disease by making it easier to maintain a healthy body weight. Keep in mind, no single type of fruit or vegetable is the magic bullet for cancer protection. Each type contains varying levels of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other nutritional properties, which is why it’s so important to eat a large variety, aiming for as many different colored foods as you can (as the saying goes, “eat the rainbow”).
The next time you worry about your sugar consumption while contemplating eating an apple or a carrot, go ahead and enjoy the snack. Because not all sugar is bad, no matter what you may hear in “healthy” circles.
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