Natural Sugar vs. Added Sugar

Truth be told, there is no versus anything since I do not add sugar to foods and drinks. I always err on the side of remaining natural, preferring earth's own sugars found in fruits. However, I stumbled upon 60+ derivatives and substitutes for sugar, and I was curious and wanted to share this with you. 

Even when I buy a bottle of honey, I hardly use it. With a shelf-life of 2 - 3 years, honey is supposed to last for a long time. My story is that the honey separates or expires.

My body rioted years ago and sent me messages as allergies. She dislikes sugar added to foods. I don't drink manufactured fruit juices because of the astronomical heaps of sugar and preservatives added. I eat fruits each day, and when I thirst for juices and smoothies, I make them.

Fresh fruits (not frozen) are the main source of sugar intake for me because they also hydrate. A 2015 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined more than 100,000 people and found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables had a 15 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. 

Top left: Strawberries in a container, pineapple, blueberries in a container, peaches, mango, and oranges. 
Top right: Cherries being washed
Bottom left: Lemons and pineapple
Bottom right: Banana (hanging), cherries in the bag, mango, and mandarin oranges

Disclaimer: These three images are not mine. Click on the images to be taken to the original owners.
--Frances Ohanenye maintains this visual "cookbook." The site features pictures of processes and ingredients for cooks and chefs to calibrate according to locale, availability, and preference. Thanks for visiting. Stay safe and healthy. Have a fruitful day.


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