There’s an ongoing war against sugar – and your body is the battleground. And as with any war, you need to know your enemy. But sugar has more mystery surrounding it than the Bermuda triangle, so it’s hard to know fact from fiction. The truth is that not all sugars are made equal – but ultimately it comes down to the difference between natural and added sugars. The world health organisation classes these added sugars as ‘free sugars’ (ironic considering how much they can cost your health), these are snuck into foods under many names, including corn syrup, diastase, or ethyl maltol – anything to avoid the dreaded sugar label.
Eating these ‘free sugars’ is the worst thing next to injecting it straight into your bloodstream, free sugars will shoot straight to your liver, where the extra energy will start to be metabolised into fat. At TANK, good health is our mission, and we do our best to try and minimise the amount of added sugars in our juices, smoothies, and meals. Instead, we rely on the great taste of our natural, locally sourced fruit and veg.
While vegetables and fruit do contain sugar, natural sugars are to free sugars what an olympic cyclist is to a motorcycle gang. They might both get to your house on two wheels, but you’re only going to invite one of them in to meet your mum.
There’s two key differences between free and added sugar. Firstly, the sugars found in fruit and vegetables are encased in fibre. Depending on the type of fibre, your body will either digest sugar slowly, so your liver doesn’t take that massive hit, or the sugar might not be digested at all if the fibre is in an insoluble form.
Secondly, free sugars crash the party alone, while natural sugars bring all their cool friends along. Every sip of one of our smoothies or juices gets you a little sugar, but also a hit of the critical vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep going. That’s why getting five servings of fruit and veg every day is so important – they provide a good part of the fuel that keeps you healthy.
Eating well isn’t always easy, but the more you know about what you’re putting into your body, the better equipped you are to get the most out of it everyday. At TANK, we do our best to source the freshest and best ingredients so that you can be sure you’re doing your body a favour with every bite or sip.