You guys know I struggle with the intake of sugar, its no surprise to hear on this blog. The other day when I was trying to justify a laffy taffy I started doing some comparisons between fruit and candy.
Banana– 7-8 inches long has 105 calories and 14g of sugar. However it also has 1g of protein and 3g of fiber.
Milky Way 1 regular bar is 260 calories, 35g of sugar, 2g protein, and 1g fiber
Apple A 3″ medium sized apple has 95 calories, 19g of sugar, 0.5g of protein and 4.5g of fiber.
Broccoli 1 cup of chopped broccoli only has 30 calories, 1.5 g of sugar, 2.5g of protien and 2.3g of fiber
Ring Pop 70 calories, 11g of sugar unknown fiber and protein
Humm so what does this all mean, well first of all fruits and veggies are better for you (duh.) Candy often has no nutritional value where fruit and veggies do (although how much depends on the food.) Also since fruit and veggies often include soluble fiber, that aids in slowing the absorption of sugar and not causing a shock to your system. This in turn helps lower cravings and keeps you feeling fuller longer.
So its all information we knew already but it helps to have it down on paper, especially when a craving for a laffy taffy hits.