Sugar, is the war on sugar justified or misunderstood?

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Sugar good or bad?

We’re really open at FitBites when it comes to sugar. Our products are healthy, natural and organic snacks, but they’re also intended for active people. Eat too much of anything and there are bound to be negative side-effects, and sugar is no different. What’s helpful to understand, though, is that the quality of the food your sugar is in, really matters. Not all sugars are created equally, and what’s attached to them can make a big difference to your energy levels, and your waistline.
Is all sugar the same?
Once it eventually gets broken down to be used as energy, yes, all sugar is the same, but hold on.

Glucose is the simplest form of sugar. It’s what your cells use as their main energy source, and it’s easy to get too much of it, sending your blood sugar levels rocketing.

Fructose is what’s in fruit. It’s harder to break down, but eventually ends up powering your cells in the same way.

Sucrose is a combination of the two, and because your body has to work harder to process it, it builds up more easily in your blood. Basic table sugar is essentially sucrose.
Why is natural sugar better?
Ok, you could say that natural sugars — that is, not processed table sugar — such as honey, coconut sugar and sugar from fruit, are better for you because they break down in a more efficient way, not too quickly, not too slowly. This is true, but, the real reason natural sugars are better, if consumed as part of the food you find them in, is that they’re attached to other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which regulate their release into the bloodstream.
The point, is that natural sugar is still sugar, but it comes as part of a higher-quality package, when you eat it in fruit and vegetables. With that in mind, let’s look at a few of the fruits featured in FitBites products, and see how they stack up in terms of sugar and nutrients.
Values based on 50g of fruit. Each FitBites product contains much less than this, of course.

Dried Figs (50g)
Sugar: 8g

Also contains:
* Potassium
* Calcium
* Magnesium
* Iron
* Vitamins A, E and K

Featured in FitBites Maca Mantra

Dried Apricots (50g)
Sugar: 25g

Also contains:
* Vitamin C
* Copper
* Fiber
* Potassium
* Antioxidants

Featured in FitBites Spirulina Stretch

Dried Pineapple (50g)
Sugar: 27g

Also contains:

* Vitamin C
* Manganese
* B vitamins

Featured in FitBites Baobab Bounce

Dried Strawberries (50g)
Sugar: 22g

Also contains:
* Potassium
* Manganese
* Biotin
* Phosphorus
* B vitamins
* Vitamin C

Featured in FitBites Super Reds

Dates (100g fresh)
Sugar: 63g

Also contains:
* Calcium
* Iron
* Phosphorus
* Sodium
* Zinc
* Magnesium
* B vitamins
* Vitamins A and K

Why not try out FitBites for a healthy source of natural sugar. To see the entire FitBites range visit our shop