There’s nothing more important than your health. Which is why, we only use natural and organic ingredients in Brite drinks. We also don’t add any sugar to our drinks. Recently, many healthcare professionals and wellness coaches have advised avoiding sugar. But, is reducing sugar intake just another dietary trend? Or, is decreasing sugar truly beneficial to your health? Let’s explore the science behind sugar and how it impacts your body.
What is sugar?
There are various types of sugar – monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides. Monosaccharides contain one sugar molecule, making them the simplest form of sugar. Glucose, galactose and fructose (found in fruits) are all monosaccharides. Disaccharides and polysaccharides are sugars composed of two or more monosaccharides. Sucrose (table sugar), lactose and starch are examples of disaccharides and polysaccharides sugars.
Glucose, fructose and lactose are all naturally occurring and found in many foods and drinks.
Does sugar give you energy?
All carbohydrates are broken down into glucose by the body. Carbohydrates fuel the body through the process of being converted to glucose. Glucose enters our bloodstream and gives us energy, ensuring proper function of the brain, central nervous system and red blood cells.
So, yes sugar does give you energy. However, the excessive consumption of sugars (added sugars or ‘free sugars’) will lead to fatigue. Typically, consuming sugars results in an energy boost that can last between half an hour to an hour, then the effects wear off. You will have heard the term ‘sugar crash’, which describes the feelings of drowsiness and sluggishness you can experience after eating a large amount of carbohydrates or sugary foods. So, while our bodies need sugar for energy the levels of sugar need to be consistent to prevent unpleasant symptoms,
Is sugar bad for you?
Many sites, and wellness experts portray sugar as undeniably bad and unhealthy. But, the answer is much more complex. Our bodies need glucose to function and foods that naturally contain sugar, such as milk and fruits and vegetables provide us with minerals and vitamins that we need for a nutritious diet. ‘Free sugars’ found in honey, syrups, fruit juices and smoothies, as well as added sugars found in biscuits, flavoured yoghurts, breakfast cereals and fizzy drinks can cause health problems. Free sugars are digested more quickly by the body, which is why they cause a rapid spike in energy, but do not offer any nutritional benefit.
Consuming too many free sugars and added sugars regularly can result in:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (colon and pancreatic cancers)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Numerous scientific and medical studies have concluded there is a direct link to sugar consumption and long term health conditions, such as those listed above.
Symptoms of consuming too much sugar include:
- Tooth decay
- Skin ageing
- Weight gain
- Irritability and irregular moods
- Digestive problems
How to cut down on sugar
The first step is to look at your diet and pinpoint things you change. For example, could you swap a sugary snack to a healthier alternative? Energy drinks feature in most people’s diets. They are an accessible option you can fall back on for a source of energy. However, energy drinks are extremely high in sugar. In a standard can of coke (330ml) there are 39 grams of sugar. In a standard energy drink there are 41 grams of sugar, which equates to 10 teaspoons. An analysis of the most popular energy drinks found that some contain as much as 17 teaspoons of sugar (69g). Leading research suggests that regular consumption of these high-sugar energy drinks can lead to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dehydration, insomnia and anxiety. One easy and simple swap you could make is choosing a Brite drink over your regular energy drink. In addition, instead of consuming a Brite energy drink when you need a ‘pick-me-up’ we recommend drinking one in the morning and one in the afternoon to prevent spikes in your blood sugar and energy levels.
The energy drink without added sugar
At Brite, we want to help you feel energised and focus on your task(s) at hand. We don’t want you to experience the crash that most sugary energy drinks cause. This is why our natural energy drinks don’t contain any added free sugars. Each Brite drink contains 4.5g of fructose, which is from natural fruit juice. Our drinks contain superfoods, providing nutritional value. You can find a full list of ingredients and the nutritional data on our products page. We have broken down the benefits to switching to Brite to help you make the switch!