Q. How does natural sugar affect your body and mind compared to refined sugar?
A. Sugar is sugar, but there are differences in how the body uses different types. The primary sugar in fruit is fructose, which some refer to as fruit sugar. Fruit contains water, fiber and other beneficial nutrients making them an optimal choice to include in a balanced and healthy eating regimen. Purified forms of sugar — including table sugar, honey, and high fructose corn syrup — consumed as added sugar to soda, candy, and sweetened baked goods should be consumed in moderation. Too much added sugar can contribute to weak bones, obesity, fatigue, lack of concentration and tooth decay.