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Sugary Fruits & Sugar Candy Are the Same, but NOT Equal

by Christy Taylor

We hear all the time how bad SUGAR is for you, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. But, most nutritionists will tell you to eat a lot of fresh fruits. Have you looked at the sugar content in fruit? I’ve always wondered what makes that sugar different from what I’d get in a piece of chocolate, and why can’t I have the candy if it’s got the same amount of sugar anyway!?
I finally did some research and found the answer!
Joy Dubost, R.D., is a nutritionist, food scientist and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says whether it's in a piece of fruit, your soda or a pastry, sugar is made up of the same two components: fructose and glucose. Neither type of sugar is better or worse for you, but your body processes them differently. That’s why you can’t really think of them as being interchangeable. Plus, fruit offers good stuff like vitamins, antioxidants and water, while candy and desserts are nutritionally void. Whole fruit has a lot of fiber, which actually slows down your body's digestion of glucose, so you don't get the crazy insulin spike (and subsequent crash) that candy causes. But do watch out for dried fruits with
added sugar (check the nutrition label), and don't eat a ton just because they're smaller.