Sugar is sugar is not sugar

October 7, 2014 Health and NutritionBy Kelly Egolf

Lizz and I have been having a blast introducing Verde cold-pressed juice blends around town.  It’s gratifying to see a 10-year old excited about kale for the first time ever.  I supposed it’s gratifying to see a 55-year old excited about if for the first time, too!  But we’ve gotten some questions about “all that sugar.”  It can be confusing, so let’s try to sort it out, sorta.

There is a huge difference between added sugar and natural sugar.  We don’t hear much about naturally occurring sugars,which are found in vegetables, fruit, dairy and whole grains, or how much you should consume.  But we’ve all heard an apple a day…which has 19g of natural sugars.  (And 4g of fiber.)

While we are thrilled at the recent FDA plan to overhaul food labels to raise awareness of added sugar in processed foods, we worry that a critical message might get lost:   You cannot eat a healthy diet without foods that contain natural sugar.  In fact, if you eat the minimum recommended nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day, that’s at least 80g of sugars, including sucrose, fructose, and glucose.

Jeepers, let’s back up to that “nine servings” thing, because that seems like a lot!  Actually, research suggests we should eat 5-9 servings of vegetables and another 3-4 servings of fruit.  Green juice in your regular diet is a great way to make sure you are getting all those vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  Fiber plays an important role, too, because it slows digestion and prevents blood sugar spikes.

We’ll leave you with a peek of the nutrition label on a bottle of Green Goddess and we will keep serving up samples to convert more sugar-fearing Santa Feans.

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