Sugar has been at the center of a lot of debate lately. Recently added to Netflix is an intriguing documentary called Sugar-Coated by Director Michele Hozer. The Film explores the use of sugar as a primary ingredient in so many foods that we eat. It dives into the effect – down to a molecular level – that sugar has on our bodies.

Sugars can take on many forms but what is most important is how our our bodies respond to the intake of these sugars. Sugars that are not very complex, or consumed in a purified way – without fiber, will be absorbed quickly and lead to a spike in insulin levels.

The best way to consume sugar is by consuming whole fruits and vegetables. Whole fruits have all the dietary fiber along with the natural sugars to maintain a steady absorption into the blood stream. By consuming sugar through fruits and vegetables your pancreas won’t need to work extra hard to create insulin quickly.

Bananas - Whole Trade

Blending vs. Juicing

It’s always best to consume fruits in their whole form to make sure you are getting all of the dietary benefits. This is why blending fruit can be better than juicing. While blending breaks down the fiber so it is easier to digest, juicing remove the fiber completely, leaving your body without that fiber block to slow down sugar absorption. It is also important to make sure that you eat products made from whole fruit instead of fruit purees or juices – which are typically loaded down with added sugars and filtered out all the good fiber.

Pineapple - Whole Trade from Costa Rica

A Delicious, Low-Glycemic Treat

Fronana is a frozen superfood treat made totally out of whole fruits and made with no added sugars EVER. It is a great way to consume at least four servings of fruit without all the mess of blending smoothies. All the work is done for you!  Even if you don’t like bananas, there is a flavor for everyone, including mango pineapple – made with whole fruit – but without bananas.