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To eat or not to eat? Sugar 411

Eating good food is always a delicious experience. However, do you ever stop to think about what you are actually putting into your body? To help you live a nutritious life, here is some useful information about sugars, the good and the bad.

Sugar is in the majority of foods that people eat on a regular basis. The most misconception with sugars are that ALL sugars are bad for you. It really depends on the kind of sugars you are referring to, added or natural. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating describes bad sugars as, “When any type of sugar that is added to foods during processing, cooking or at the table, you consume calories without any nutrients or fiber.” Sugar itself is not bad. The main difference between sugars is how it’s consumed because that determines how your body breaks down the sugar.  Healthy Eating says that, “Bad sugars increase your risk of gaining weight and of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

Now, onto the good! Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating describes good sugars as, “When simple sugars are naturally found in whole foods, they come with vitamins, minerals, protein, phytochemicals and fiber. The presence of fiber makes a significant difference because it slows down the absorption of sugar, which slows its impact on blood sugar.” The easiest kind of “good” sugar you can eat are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. “These naturally occurring sugars are valid energy sources, and along with the other nutrients in these foods, important for nourishing a healthy body,” states Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

As mentioned in the April blog post, the most important meal is 30 minutes after you work out. This past spring, CBRC released the new recovery shake line by Simple Again, Corp. These 100% natural sugar shakes are currently offered in the Deli and Sandbar. The front desk will begin to offer these shakes mid-September, after the Sandbar closes and extend the availability of shakes from open (4am) to close (11pm). Since you are what you eat, why not eat your good sugars conveniently located where you work out!

Happy, Healthy Eating All!

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