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Is it really ‘Sugar Free’?

Hey FitDisher! This week’s FitTip is on the different types of sugars! Is it really ‘Sugar Free’?

When reading food labels or when consuming any type of food you should know what you are ingesting. Sugars sometimes comes in the forms of other names such as: sucrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, dextrose, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed starch, invert sugar, corn syrup, honey, cane sugar, sugar beets, high fructose corn sweetner, maple sugar, and molasses, evaporated cane juice.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that fruit drinks are ‘sugar free’. ALL fruits contain sugar and when dried/dehydrated that sugar content becomes elevated. Therefore it is best to consume fresh fruits as opposed to dry as you are sometimes unaware of the amount of sugar you are consuming. It is important to note that sugars in fruits are natural and aren’t harmful, however, if you are on a low-carb diet or you are fasting, it is best to stay away from fruit drinks/smoothies during that fasting/low carb window as you will completely throw your Ketosis (when your body starts to convert ketone bodies/fat into energy) off. Also, it is key to note, that most times when blending fruits, the DNA structure and nutritional value of that fruit is lost in the process it is best to eat fresh or to cold press juice your fruits.