Are Golden Berries High In Sugar?
Golden berries are incredible superfood! They are high in antioxidants. They can support in helping with inflammation. They may be able to support the immune system, they are high in niacin, super high in polyphenols and they have a large amount of beta-carotene in them.
Are golden berries high in sugar though? Well, there is about 14g per 1/3 cup serving. This is half the sugar of dried blueberries and still less than dried cranberries!
Golden berries are a really distinct flavor. They are a tart-sweet kind of flavor and we recommend only having 1-2 serving sizes per sitting. Like any food out there, portions matter. You don’t want to overdo it on anything.
When we think of natural sugars, we need to understand that they usually come with some really grand nutrients.
Natural Sugars Vs. Added Sugars
Natural sugars and added sugars are very different. They are not one in the same. Our bodies recognize similar things when both are ingested- added energy, sometimes a spike in insulin, etc.
But natural sugars are just that- natural. They are naturally occurring in earth’s whole foods and come in things like fruit. Often with added fiber.
Added sugars are processed sugars. They are an addition to usually already processed food and do not provide any extra nutrients. You won’t get added fiber, no extra antioxidants. No extra vitamins, no extra minerals. It’s virtually devoid of anything of nutritional value.
Why you should choose naturally sweetened snacks over added sugar snacks
Unfortunately, added sugar can be found in so many things. If something is boxed up or in a plastic bag and has multiple ingredients- there is a big chance you will see some added sugar.
We want to focus on whole foods. Foods that have been used to support our total body health for centuries. Goldenberries may be lightly sweet (naturally) but they are a true superfood. You cannot say that about chocolate covered pretzels. There’s a huge difference!
Golden Berries Incredible Nutritional Profile
Golden Berries are high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are anti-aging! They scavenge free radicals in our body. Free radicals can destroy DNA. To increase your diet in antioxidants means to promote longevity! Golden berries have over 34 healing compounds within them! (Source)
Again, it is all about portions! Don’t go nuts with any food, and instead eat it with intention.
Golden Berries may help with inflammation
Golden Berries may help with inflammation. In this day and age, we are dealing with inflammation chronically. From chemicals in our food that don’t serve us, to not getting in enough movement and not sweating enough, to environmental toxins. It’s so important to eat foods that can support our bodies in decreasing inflammation.
There was one study where they extracted from the husk of golden berries and saw that it reduced inflammation in mice with inflammatory bowel disease. This is not a claim- just a report on the study.
Golden Berries may help with the immune system
Golden berries are powerful! They may help with the immune system. Aka the system in the body that keeps us free from illness. Golden berries have a high amount of Vitamin C in them. They also have a tremendous amount of polyphenols. Studies have shown that golden berries can help in the support of regulating the immune system.
Golden Berries have a high polyphenol content
The polyphenols in golden berries may help block specific inflammatory markers in our bodies. Polyphenols are antioxidants- which we know promote longevity and help protect our DNA. Polyphenols are naturally occurring micronutrients that can be found in plants, food, and teas.
Of course, golden berries are on that list! There are many studies that confirm polyphenols are incredible for the human body.
Golden Berries provide a good amount of Niacin
Many people are deficient in Niacina, aka Vitamin B3. And one cup of golden berries provide about 25% of your daily Niacin needs. Keep in mind, this was estimated for men and studies on women are needed.
Golden Berries have a high amount of beta-carotene in them
Beta-carotene is wonderful for the body. It is often what gives plants their orange, yellow, or reddish hue!
Golden Berries in particular are super high in beta-carotene. Because of this, golden berries may also support healthy vision. The reason is because golden berries (along with beta-carotene) provide lutein and several other carotenoids and this can strengthen the eye.
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Golden Berries may have natural sugar, but it also has polyphenols, antioxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin C… just to name a few. Trust us, those cheesy puffs, while good for the soul and perhaps equal in sugar (but again, natural vs. added)... It’s not going to be the same thing. ;)