Jenné’s note: Hey guys! I’m super excited to bring you this guest post by one of my NYC friends Miss Isabelle Steichen. Perhaps you’ll remember her from the Farmer’s Market Adventure video that I posted in July. Isabelle just launched her new blog The Plantiful, so I thought it would be cool to introduce you to her writing! How about we start with the sweet stuff?! Is sugar good or bad? The post below is a repost of what Isabelle shared on her own site.
After the post let us know what you think about sugar and carbs!! And don’t forget to follow Isabelle on Instagram @theplantiful
A lot of people seem to be scared of sugar. Especially now that we see more and more books, articles and movies that demonize sugar and show how bad it is for our health. So what’s up with the sugar craze?
Different types of sugars
To simplify, there are two major types of sugar. The first is the highly processed sugar that we can find in many ready made foods. Often it is called white sugar or refined sugar. The only thing this type of sugar does, is add sweetness. It does not provide any nutritional value because it is highly processed so there are no minerals, vitamins or other micronutrients left.
Second we have the more ‘natural’ sugars. I would split those into two separate categories as well: the processed natural sugars and the unprocessed natural sugars. What I mean by processed natural sugars, are sugars that are considered healthier than simple white sugar. Sugars such as agave nectar, maple syrup or coconut sugar. These sugars are often seen as healthier because they contain certain minerals or vitamins that can benefit our health. Coconut sugar also has a low glycemic index, which basically means that it does not affect our insulin and our blood sugar level as much as white sugar.
What I call unprocessed natural sugar is sugar that is contained in fruit and vegetables eaten as is. This type of sugar is truly healthy because it provides our body with needed energy so that our brain and muscles can function all day long. Your body will have to break down these sugars through digestion so they provide a long, more consistent level of fuel for the body. They also come in foods that contain other beneficial substances such as fiber, vitamins and minerals. All in all, a great choice!