But it’s full of sugar… 🍦
Have you ever been told you shouldn’t be having (insert snack of choice) because it’s FULL of sugar? As if sugar is something that’s inherently bad?
The reality is there is nothing ‘bad’ about sugar. We need sugar – it’s a great source of easy energy and it also tastes great. Sugar is made up of two components, fructose and glucose. The molecular structure is the same no matter where they come from. Fruit contains fructose, glucose and also some sucrose (a combination of fructose and glucose). Sweets/ ice creams etc will tend to be higher in sucrose.
This is a great example – a Solero ice lolly is a perfect low calorie snack or dessert. In the case of the Solero you’re getting mostly just sugar (and a small amount of fat and protein), with an apple you’re getting the sugar, fibre, vitamins and minerals. The fibre slows digestion making it more filling (and good for your gut heath). This means you’re less likely to want to eat more later, and it’s better for your blood sugar levels. So objectively the apple is a better choice health-wise.
However, foods also provide other things – such as pleasure, convenience etc. So if you’re trying to watch your calories, and you really fancy an ice cream you’re better off just having them. Or if you want to swap a higher calorie dessert that you’d normally have for a Solero then thats a great choice! In terms of the impact on weight/fat loss there will be no difference as long as you stay within your daily calories and are aware they will be a less filling option. And in terms of sugar content the apple is actually higher.
I’m not suggesting the Solero is better for you than an apple, nor am I suggesting you avoid fruit in favour of ice creams lol! I’m just suggesting we recognise that no foods are ‘bad’, and that as part of a balanced, healthy diet you can have both! Sometimes the Solero will be what you need, sometimes the apple!