The Truth About Sugar
Recently, there has been even more talk about sugar and how present it is in our everyday lives. A recent BBC documentary ‘The Truth About Sugar’ has highlighted just how much sugar some of us continue to consume on a daily basis.
This is because sugar is hidden in foods you wouldn’t expect, like regular tomato soup and ready meals, tricking you into believing you are gaining nutrients and energy, when in fact you are starving your body of nutrients and creating a huge spike in your insulin levels. Studies have shown that we seem to prefer the taste of a normal meal with a pinch of sugar but these pinches are rapidly adding up and some of us are reaching up to 29 teaspoons of sugar a day! With the recommended daily allowance at six teaspoons, how do we avoid having so much of it when it seems to be everywhere?
There is hope! There is a term that is making its mark on the shop shelves and is one to look out for: ‘naturally occurring sugars’.
But what exactly are naturally occurring sugars?
The sugar we add to our teas and coffees is refined sugar, stripped back to it’s raw-est and most concentrated form. The naturally occurring stuff is what you’ll find in fruit or smoothies that are chilled and haven’t been heat pasteurised on their way to you. (Heating the natural goodness breaks down the most important parts, the minerals, vitamins and nutrients).
The best part is that these sugars don’t count towards those recommended six teaspoons of sugar a day because of all the goodness that comes with them, purely natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in the fibres within the fruit and veg. So if you’re trying to cut back, you can tackle cravings with homemade or shop bought smoothies.
Smoothies tend to be more filling than juices, because of the fibre content that comes from the entire piece of fruit or veg. As an Ambassador for Savse Smoothies, I’ve been finding out all sorts of things about the smoothie-making process, what’s good for you and what’s not. The main thing to look out for is whether they’ve been pasteurised or not; if pasteurised (heated) then all the goodness will have been stripped out. Instead look out for HPP or pascalised smoothies – for maximum flavour and nutrition.
My fave Savse smoothie is The Super Red (spinach and kale with added citrus zest) I love it after a workout, and if I need a pick me up at 4pm I always head for the The Super Purple (beautiful beetroot).
Do you have an energy dip at 4pm? Check out my post on quitting sugar to find out if you’re addicted to the sweet stuff.
Images: Holly Clark Photography