Odd to think that such a sweet food can have a bitter side, but it's true.
It's no secret that sugar isn't great for you, but there are so many different substitutes these days. How do we know which ones are okay?
Scroll down to read today's unsweetened soda blog post, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth".
What's The Deal With Sweeteners
There are almost 60 different names that can be used to describe sugar when reading a nutrition label, so what makes them different?
According to research, the different sweeteners have various glycemic indexes. This means the rate at which they impact the body's blood sugar differs. They also differ on the fructose content. Both of these variances determine how our body will process them.
Experts recommend limiting sugar intake to 6 to 9 teaspoons a day. Unfortunately, traditional sodas often contain anywhere from 19 to 20 teaspoons of sugar. Thankfully, there is a healthy soda alternative on the market that offers a happy solution to that problem.
Our unsweetened soda contains only 2-6g of sugar. Additionally, that sugar is natural sugar from fruit juice concentrate, as opposed to an artificial sweetener added in later.
Read The Label!
All of this information can be overwhelming to learn. Especially, if you are trying to eat clean and healthy foods.
There's an easy way to release some fears about sugar and that is simply to do your research!
Before you indulge in something, check the nutrition label! The following is a common list of names that are used in place of the word "sugar":
- glucose and fructose
- monosaccharides and disaccharides
- syrups (corn, brown rice, etc)
Now, this is not a sugar-shaming post. As I mentioned before, our flavored sparkling water contains 2-6g of natural sugar. This post is meant to open your eyes to the idea that you may be consuming more sugar than you think!
It's okay to have sugar! It's just smart to monitor how much you are consuming on a daily basis and try you best to choose natural over artificial.
Thanks for reading "Sugar: The Bitter Truth", brought to you by your favorite healthy soda.