Natural Vs Refined Sugars


Sugar, in all forms, is a simple carbohydrate that the body converts into glucose and uses for energy. But, the effect on the body and your overall health depends on the type of sugars you’re eating, either natural or refined.

Natural sugars are found in things from nature. Like fruit, honey and even vegetables. 

Refined sugar comes from sugar cane which is then processed to extract sugar. 

How the body metabolises natural sugars differs from how it metabolise refined sugars. The body breaks down refined sugars rapidly therefore you don’t feel full, no matter how many calories.  There are fibres in fruits and vegetables which slows down our metabolism and makes us feel full when they expand in our gut. 

Although natural sugars are better for you than refined, it is also good to remember the importance of moderation.


Timing is everything. 

Natural sugars are going to give you a hit of energy, think about when you need this most? Most often, not at night. As hard as it might be to break this habit, if you are going to have something sweet try and have it around 3 or 4pm. 

Everyone knows that feeling of having an afternoon slump (also known as siesta). This is due to a drop in blood sugars post lunch time. I do believe (along with ancient traditions) that this is the perfect time for energy boosting foods. Sweet foods and drinks by nature that provide a practical means of activating our sluggish minds and grounding our restless bodies. 

Natasha Burbury