The lowdown on sugar
At nudie, we pride ourselves on capturing and bottling the natural goodness of real fruit and avoiding added or refined sugars. Yep, our juice is sweet at times but that’s thanks to the naturally occurring sugar from the fruit and vegetables we use that keeps our juice yummy and delicious. So, what’s the big diff between naturally occurring sugar and refined sugar? Well, there are different types of sugars found in all kinds of food. When we say, ‘naturally occurring sugar’, we’re talking about sugar naturally present in the food we eat (like fruits and vegetables) in quantities prescribed by Mother Nature. Refined sugar on the other hand is an ingredient manufactured by processing certain crops (like sugar cane, or sugar beet) to isolate the sugar so that it can be added to food or drinks to make them sweeter. Refining the sugar also means stripping out other beneficial nutrients that ordinarily come along with foods we eat, like those found in your favourite apples and oranges. Eeek! When this happens, all we’re left with is a refined sugar.
Naturally occurring sugar is already present in food (like fruit and veggies, dairy and whole grains) and hasn’t been tampered with through additional refining processes. While it’s still considered ‘sugar’, it can also be something that’s enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet. It gives us energy and depending on the source of these naturally occurring sugars, it can also provide a good serve of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for keeping our bodies functioning well.