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Gnawing Questions: Is Sugar From Fruit the Same as Sugar From Candy?

If you feel like you’re getting mixed messages when it comes to defining sugar, you’re not alone. Despite what you might hear, all sugar is not alike, so substituting a candy bar with a banana may be the way to go, NPR reports. This is especially important if you have diabetes, as the sugars in fruit are less dense, and therefore won’t spike your blood sugar levels as severely as a candy bar would.

Historically, sugar was viewed as a treat to be eaten only occasionally. But in recent years, a high sugar diet has become an everyday norm, and with the new paradigm, confusion is rampant as to what is good or bad in the way of sweets. Clever marketing tactics of processed foods — “sugar is sugar” — that use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sweeten their appeal haven’t helped.

Increases in processed fructose consumption, typically in the form of HFCS — which is even more toxic than refined sugar — seem to be running parallel to the spikes seen in obesity rates. And with only 14 percent of sugars in the average diet containing natural sugars sweeteners such as honey, molasses or fruit, it’s no wonder we are a world at war with an obesity epidemic and all the ill health effects that go with it.

There is an answer for dealing with this, and I talk about it in my latest book, “Fat for Fuel.” In it I explain how to balance your diet so you reduce your intake of harmful excess carbs in grains and sugars, and dramatically increase healthful fats such as avocados, coconut oil, egg yolks, raw grass fed organic butter, olives, and nuts like macadamias and pecans that are both low in protein and carbs and high in healthy fat. This is what will allow your body to start burning fat as its primary fuel rather than sugar, which in turn will help optimize your mitochondrial function and overall health and fitness.
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