Fruits with a sweet taste can be a source of natural sugar to meet the body's need for energy. Also natural sugar found in dairy products and starchy vegetables.
According to Alissa Rumsey, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and diet, your body and brain will use natural sugar as the primary fuel energy generation. Without the natural sugar found in fruits or vegetables, we will be at a major energy deficit.
While the source of added sugar in foods or beverages are generally derived from sugar, artificial syrup, and honey processing. Added sugar commonly found in soda, bottled juices, as well as sugary and processed foods.
Natural sugars derived from fruit, including vegetable, on the one hand are healthier than added sugar. Because, when we eat fruits and vegetables, not only sugar is consumed, but coupled with the fiber. Only, when both consumed than needed, fruit sugar or added sugar effect will be the same.
"When you eat a natural form of sugar as in fruit, milk and starchy vegetables, you get the extra nutrients such as fiber and protein, which helps to slow the rise in blood sugar," said Rumsey.
"However, too much sugar of any kind, either natural or additionally, it may cause an increase in blood sugar, which triggers the release of insulin."
Because insulin is a storage hormone, the insulin will store the excess blood sugar as fat, especially belly fat. Excess sugar consumption has also been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
So, even though the fruit presents a natural sugar, the amount of intake should still be restricted, like extra sugar. Recommended fruit intake is 2 to 3 servings per day. Count one portion is a medium-size cup, or about one-half of a citrus fruit.
If you already eat 3 servings of fruit, should no longer be of added sugar intake. Moreover, a combination of fruit with added sugar in a glass of juice, not healthy, it potentially adds body fat.