Natural vs. Processed Sugars

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What's the difference between natural (fruit) sugar and refined (white) sugar?

This can be a confusing area for many people. To keep things simple, Sugars are a type of carbohydrate which provides fuel for your body’s processes and are broken down into glucose, or blood sugar. Below are the primary forms of sugar found in the things we consume:

Natural Sugars

As the name suggests, these come from natural sources like fruits, vegetables, and plants, which contain simple sugars and longer chain carbohydrates that take longer to digest and absorb.

  • Glucose is “simple” sugar that is found in all foods that have carbohydrates. Glucose is vital to life and is in every single living molecule. It is also produced by your body and easily broken down.
  • Fructose another “simple” sugar is mainly found is fruits. Only your liver breaks down significant portions of it.
  • Naturally Produced such as honey, stevia, agave nectar and maple syrup.

Processed Sugars

Refined sugar has undergone an extraction and purification process in a manufacturing facility, often turning the finished product into granules or crystals (i.e. table sugar) that are easy to add to foods and beverages.

  • Sucrose is a 50/50 blend of glucose and fructose that is combined to become a “complex” sugar.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose.

The primary difference between natural "fruit" sugar and "white" sugar is the overall nutritional value of what makes up the product and metabolic impact on the body; think fruit vs. baked goods. Refined sugars are used in all processed foods which are essentially devoid of anything healthy.

Whereas in contrast, our Raw Juices are densely packed nutrient and enzyme powerhouses that flood the body with goodness; not chemicals and fillers. Our juice only contains the natural sugars from the produce that goes into it. We do not add anything else.

 

 

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