Ok what's the deal with sugar?
For decades in the U.S., dried fruits always had added sugars. Dried fruits were really more candy than a healthy snack. However, at Mavuno Harvest we have never added any extra sugar to our dried fruits. Frankly, we thought the taste was incredible without adding sugar. Plus we've always wanted to offer a real-food and healthy snacking option - not a junk food. Sugar is prevalent in almost everything we eat nowadays. But there are vital differences between real and naturally occurring sugars (naturally present in fruit) and added sugars.
Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that is found naturally in many foods, including fruits, vegetables, and grains. It provides the body with energy and is used by our cells for a variety of functions. However, consuming too much sugar, whether it is naturally occurring or added, can lead to a number of health problems.
Naturally occurring sugars are those that are found in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. These sugars are accompanied by fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients that are beneficial to our health. Consuming these sugars as part of a balanced diet is generally considered healthy, as they provide energy and other important nutrients.
Mavuno Harvest organic dried fruits have naturally occurring sugars, accompanied by fiber, vitamins and other nutrients.
Added sugars, on the other hand, are those that are added to foods and drinks during processing or preparation. These include table sugar, corn syrup, and other sweeteners. Added sugars provide calories but few other nutrients, and consuming them in excess can lead to a number of health problems.
Some potential benefits of consuming natural sugars from whole foods include:
- Improved digestion: The fiber found in fruits and vegetables can help promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation.
- Improved mood: Consuming natural sugars can stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood.
- Improved energy: Consuming natural sugars can provide the body with a quick source of energy.
However, consuming too much of any type of sugar, whether it is naturally occurring or added, can lead to a number of health hazards, including:
- Weight gain and obesity: Consuming excess sugar can lead to weight gain, which can increase the risk of obesity and related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
- Tooth decay: Consuming excess sugar can contribute to tooth decay and cavities.
- Inflammation: Consuming excess sugar can lead to chronic inflammation, which is linked to a number of health problems.
- Increased risk of chronic diseases: Consuming excess sugar is linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
Organic dried fruits from Mavuno Harvest are a product with naturally occurring sugars. These dried fruits are made from whole fruits that are dried without added sugars or preservatives. While they do contain natural sugars, they are also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients that are beneficial to our health. As with any food, it's important to consume dried fruits in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
To learn more about the potential health benefits and hazards of sugar, as well as the difference between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars, you can visit the following links: