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Not all sugars are bad for you

Not all sugars are bad for you

by FoodMaestro | 7 July 2016

FoodMaestro have collaborated with Sugarwise, the sugar certification. By now we all know about the health risks of eating too much sugar, Including obesity, type-2 diabetes and tooth decay.

But it's not just any sugar we need to worry about. It's the free sugars. There are two types of sugars, free sugars and intrinsic sugars. But what's the difference between them?

Free sugars are Monosaccharides and disaccharides (pure sugar) added to foods and drinks and those that are naturally present in Syrups, Honeys, fruit juices & fruit juice concentrates.

Intrinsic sugars are a part of the food; this includes sugars in milk, fruit and vegetables. These sugars take longer to digest and go in to the blood stream. For example, the sugar in a whole Orange is intrinsic whereas the sugars in Orange juice are free sugars.

Sugarwise follows the World Health Organisations (WHO) guidelines on sugar. The WHO say that a person should only get 5% of their calories from these free sugars each day. Being Sugarwise means that food follows these guidelines with only 5% of their calories from free sugars. Though this is different for drinks as all the sugars are free sugars, therefore the lower the better.

"There is a strong correlation of free sugars intake with dental diseases such as tooth decay and also heart disease and diabetes." Dr Tom Simmons, Cambridge University Scientist.

The difference between these two types of sugar is categorical and cannot be chemically told apart. This is why Sugarwise have created the patented Sugarwise test which is included in the app so you can quickly tell the difference between a products free sugars and its intrinsic sugars. 

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