Sugar: it tastes great, but can wreak havoc with a deadly strike. The rush you get from ingesting a delicious sweet treat is deceiving because your body actually undergoes a lot of stress and chaos when it is trying to digest fructose. You may have heard of this term before, along with glucose.
What is the difference between them? Glucose is an important part of our nutrition and the body can easily digest glucose and turn it into energy for our activities.
So you could say that glucose is good for the body, whereas fructose is extremely hard on our digestive systems because of the way it is processed by the body. Fructose can only be metabolized through the liver, which means a very high amount of calories are being dealt with solely by one organ. The explosive “high” we feel after consuming something really sugary is the feeling of our body desperately trying to convert the sugar into something it can process such as glucose. This results in a lot of residual waste causing fatty deposits, which can lead to obesity and other illnesses.
But wait—isn’t there fructose in fruit? It can’t be all that bad then, can it? Here’s the difference: When you consume pieces of fruit, you are consuming high amounts of fiber along with the fructose. This helps signal to your brain when you are satiated.
However, if you were to drink a can of soda full of fructose, your body lacks the capacity to understand the type of calories you are consuming, and that results in you consuming MORE because your body hasn’t gotten any signals that it has received any type of nutrition. This is why you can drink large amounts of soda and your body will still think it’s hungry even though you are consuming high quantities of calories.
This is the same story for processed sugar. Sugar doesn’t exist naturally as white crystals for you to mix into your coffee. Sugar, in its natural form, is actually a really tough stick called sugar cane! When you process the sugar out of the sugar cane, you lose all the fiber. This means there is no nutritional value left to help your body understand what it’s consuming.
However, naturally occurring polisaccharides and oligosaccharides are complex, whole sugars that are kept in their original state. Canesugar juice contains these complex sugars that provide real, sustained energy that does not make us “crash” or leave toxic residual waste in our bodies. Naturally occurring and fiber-filled sucrose ismetabolized by the stomach, which relieves the pancreas and the liver of the energy needed to produce all of that insulin to break it down into useful energy. This gives the body an easier time to digest all of the important minerals and nutrition available in sugar cane juice.
Like anything, all types of food are good to be consumed in moderation. The less sugar you can consume, the better. But it’s nice to know that you can still enjoy the sweetness cane sugar provides in a way that is less harmful on the body!