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Is the sugar in fruit BAD for us? Here’s what you need to know…

We are constantly told to watch how much sugar we are consuming. In fact, the average Australian eats more than DOUBLE our recommended daily intake!

But what about the sugar in fruit? How is that better for us than regular table sugar? In honour of the SUGAR DETOX 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, here’s what you need to know about the different types of sugar.

Is the sugar in fruit BAD for us? Here's what you need to know...

What’s the deal with the sugar in fruit?

The short answer is that the sugar in fruit is NOT bad for us.

Fruit contains natural sugars including sucrose, fructose and glucose and while fructose is harmful in large amounts, it’s VERY difficult to consume too much fructose from just fruit.

What we need to watch is our intake of free sugars. Though they include the same sugars found in fruit (fructose, glucose, sucrose), in free sugars, they have been removed from their natural source and can be found in all of those sugary treats like lollies and cakes we see on the supermarket shelves.

Evidence from the World Health Organisation has found that health issues such as excessive weight gain and dental problems arise when people eat too many free sugars as opposed to eating the sugars found in fruit.

Eating fruit is also important because it contains a lot of nutrients and fibre, the latter of which is often absent in free sugars.

People who eat fruit and veggies regularly are less likely to develop conditions like heart disease and diabetes, yet only around 50 per cent of Aussies eat their two serves of fruit per day.

Aim to eat TWO serves of fruit per day and FIVE of vegetables every day as part of a balanced diet.

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Want to know how to sneak more fruit and veggies into your diet? Here are some top tips!

Not sure where to start? Join us on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

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Alex Lilly

Alex is a social media addict and food lover from Sydney's northern beaches. When she's not writing, you can usually find her waiting for the next royal wedding or baby to come along.