Tip Tuesday: what is refined sugar and do I really need to avoid it?

Do you hear the "buzzwords" refined and unrefined and feel a little confused? Nutrition can be a little confusing, but the base concept is really quite simple. Think of it this way: refined =processed unrefined = unprocessed In the video I break it down by talking about grains. A whole grain (unprocessed/ unrefined) in it's natural state has 3 components: 1. the endosperm (middle starchy stuff - think "white stuff") 2. the germ (the nutrient dense core (think of an egg yolk) 3. the bran (the outer fibrous shell). When a grain is milled or processed (aka refined), they remove the bran & germ - which means they remove all the beautiful nutrient dense elements! When they do this they remove the vitamins, healthy fats & fiber and leave behind the starch. As this concept relates to sugars I think where most people go wrong is assuming that just because it's unrefined aka unprocessed you can go to town on it. STOP. IMPORTANT: Just because it's healthier doesn't mean more = better! For example - sugars. Honey, molasses & fruit sugars are definitely better than refined white sugar because they have additional nutrient quality. HOWEVER, they still contain SUGAR - and should be used in moderation! This goes for fructose (aka fruit sugars) especially if that Fructose is NOT in fruit (aka refined and processed and put into a product). Fructose = sugar. And still spikes your blood sugar. So, bottom line? Eating WHOLE unprocessed foods is always a better choice. But just because they're WHOLE and unprocessed (aka unrefined) doesn't mean you should ignore proper portions. Whole wheat pasta is still a 1/2C serving in the Canada Food Guide. It's just a more NUTRIENT dense 1/2C than white pasta. Do you need to AVOID refined sugars? Not entirely - a healthy approach to eating leaves wiggle room for treats - and they should be enjoyed. Just be mindful and use moderation! For more tips & inspiration join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/superyoufit For more info about Super You visit www.superyou.ca

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