Is Sugar From Fruit The Same As Sugar From Candy?

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With all health concerns circulating about sugar there is some confusion about fruit. Fruit is undoubtedly a high sugar food but is it the same? Via NPR:

No, sugar in fruit and added sugar is not the same thing, says Lauri Wright, a nutritionist, public health specialist, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

There are lots of kinds of sugar. Fruits have fructose, glucose, and a combination of the two called “sucrose,” or “table sugar.” But the sugars in fruit are packed less densely than in a candy bar, according to Elvira Isganaitis, a pediatric endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center and a Harvard Medical School instructor.

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A can of soda, for example, has about 40 grams of sugar. “And what else are you getting with that?” Wright asks. “You’re getting no protein, no minerals, and no fiber. You get nothing but the sugar and the calories.”

A serving of fruit, by contrast, usually contains no more than 20 grams of sugar, has fiber, and has nutrients like vitamin C. As Wright puts it: “You’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.” And fiber and lower sugar amounts can also decrease sugar spikes in blood levels.

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