Fruit contains sugar, but it isn’t the same as table sugar.
When it comes to processed sugars that lack fiber and healthy key nutrients, our body breaks it down quickly, causing insulin and blood sugar levels to spike. Since processed sugars are broken down so quickly, you never really feel “full” after you are done eating it.
Fruits do contain sugar, but they also contain long chain carbohydrates, water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants as well as live enzymes to help break them down – and as it expands in the gut, you get the “full feeling”. Fiber is definitely one of the determining factors when it comes to what happens to sugars and other carbohydrates once they enter the body, as it will slow the insulin spike and inevitably how quickly they are broken down.
Fiber is not only important for us, but it is important for the bacteria within us. With a diet lacking in fiber, we starve the bacteria in our gut.
If you are someone who is trying to be more cautious of your sugar consumption, I would recommend focusing on fruits lower in sugar such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches.