Sugar has copped an absolute slapping in recent times - the IQS movement has been as big as the Pokeman fad in the early 2000s it seems (at least to me personally, an avid lover of Nine Tails, Squirtle and Seedra). And for good reason - it messes with our brain, is more addictive than illegal drugs and adds no nutritional benefits, just calories (joy!). But.... where does that leave the humble apple and orange?
Calling a spade a spade, fruit definitely has value in our diets - featuring incredible micronutrient content in every bite, powerhouses of vitamins A, C, E, K.... each piece is unique. It's full of fiber making us feel full, is packed with antioxidants to cleanse our blood and prevent cancer, and it's sweet. On the flipside, yes, it has sugar. But so does that wine you had last Friday night. And that Thai you ordered for your last movie night - that had sugar too. And low and behold, your boyfriends ice cream you shared had sugar too.
So lets be frank - are we really eliminating all sugar from our diets? Probably not. And for the sake of our sanity, it's probably a good thing. So before you hide away from the bowl of grapes that go around at lunchtime, remember that those grapes are going to be otherwise fermented and turned into your wine - so it's ok to enjoy them. Just be smart and keep consumption to 1-2 pieces daily of fresh, whole fruits: dried fruit / fruit juice need not apply.