What is added sugar, anyways?
Added sugars, as the name implies, are processed/refined and added to foods and beverages to sweeten them. They provide no nutritional benefit and consuming them in excess has been shown to contribute to obesity and inflammation, which increases the risk for developing chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Natural sugars are those that occur naturally in foods. They are found in milk, fruit, and whole grains. They are important energy for your brain and muscles that come packaged with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants!