This weekend at an event, I posed this question:
Which of these has the most sugar?
The contenders were:
1 medium apple
3/4 cup blueberries (approx)
1 serving of Candy Corn (measly 12 corns)
What’s your guess? Before you read on, give us your guess in the comments section.
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Okay, you are clear to read on….The most common response was the candy corn. Some began to question their answer and after some thought, changed it to the Apple. Then there were the ones that felt it was a trick question and went for the blueberries, just because it didn’t seem like the obvious answer.
Now you really want to weigh in, right? The comment section is open for your vote.
Ironically, all three have about the same sugar content, 28-30 grams. Here are several things to consider.
Which has the largest quantity in the serving size? The apple is the choice for quantity of food. It has the largest serving size for the sugar content.
Which is the most nutrient dense option? There are two here, the apple and the blueberries. Both have fiber still intact (peel) and are full of quality nutrients and vitamins that will satisfy cravings, keep you fuller longer and give your body the “most bang for your buck.” A side benefit is the fact that these added nutrients will reduce the impact on your blood sugar. When you mix these all together, your blood sugar does not SPIKE as high, thus no downsliding in energy later.
What type of sugar is in each? NONE of the three contain white, processed, sugar. Yes it is true, the candy corn are made with honey. The fruits are primarily natural fructose. So less processed versions of the dreaded “sugar.” Your body will breakdown all three to glucose for cell energy, however, the candy corn will cause the largest spike in blood sugar since it doesn’t contain any other valuable nutrients to slow down the sugar absorption. Hint, energy low the quickest, fastest burnoff also which means you will be hungry much sooner.
This is just the “tip of the iceberg” in Titanic terms for nutrition.
If you would like to find out more about sugar and how to manage it, especially the hidden sources, I am here to help.
One way is to join my BTY Small Group Online Nutrition Training beginning this Thursday, October 1st.
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