Not to insult your intelligence because you may be aware already, but it is a common misconception that fruit sugar is to be avoided but did you know the difference between simple and complex sugars? fructose and glucose ext ect? you don't want to avoid sugars from fruit they are not the same as what you would find it processed foods, cakes and candy....here check these links out so you know there is no fear in eating fruits or raisins. Raisins are higher in sugar content more so than grapes but again, make sure you know the difference between bad and good sugars and how the body utilizes them.
"One of the common myths about sugar is that just because it’s “sugar”, it’s automatically bad for you.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about processed corn syrup, white sugar or whole food sugar found in whole fruits. Sugar is bad!
Well, there is a big difference between eating refined sugar that you’ll find in soda drinks, candy bars and processed syrups, and those from a whole fruit.
A meal of fruit provides you with a complete nutrient package.
It comes with its vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural sugars and phytonutrients, including antioxidants and all these work synergistically to help your body maintain optimal health.
Compare this to junk calories of basically just refined sugar with no fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and you are setting yourself up for ill health and disease.
So the bottom line is the sugar from whole fruits is good – it’s healthy and science now proves that the more fruit you eat in your diet, the better it is for your health."
"There is no need to avoid sugars that are naturally found in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products. These foods also contain nutrients, fiber and water, which counter any of their negative effects.
The harmful health effects associated with sugar consumption are due to the high amount of added sugar in the typical Western diet."
"“The natural sugars in fruit are processed a bit differently by your body, because the fiber in the fruit minimizes the sugars’ impact on blood sugar levels,” says Nancy Z. Farrell, R.D.N., an adjunct professor of nutrition at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Va. “In addition, you also get vitamins, minerals, and other healthy nutrients.”
"If you compare the effects of a diet restricting fructose from both added sugars and fruit to one just restricting fructose from added sugars, the diet that kept the fruit did better. People lost more weight with the extra fruit present than if all fructose was restricted. Only industrial, not fruit fructose intake, was associated with declining liver function and high blood pressure. Fructose from added sugars was associated with hypertension; fructose from natural fruits is not."
"Regarding your health, the real difference is where the sugar comes from. While your body can't distinguish the difference between the source of sugar once it's broken down and absorbed, the food from which the sugar originated has a huge impact on your overall health. This is due to the nature other nutrients that may be in the food you consumed.
Since complex carbohydrates come from plant-based foods, we know that those foods also contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients in addition to their carbs, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
The complex carbs are broken down into simple sugars. However, some simple sugars that are added to foods don't give you any beneficial nutrients. For example, fructose can be found in candies, soda, and other sweets lacking in health-promoting nutrients, but fructose is also present in fruit.
Even though both foods contain fructose, fruit is obviously a healthier choice because it's not solely made up of simple carbohydrates -- it also contains fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. The fiber in fruit helps slow the digestion of carbs, which is why your blood sugar doesn't spike as much after eating fiber-filled fruit like it does when you gulp down a soda or candy bar."
"As mentioned above, the BIG difference is in how the sugar is packaged. While added sugars are empty calories that provide no additional nutritional value (besides energy) whatsoever, and they are most commonly found in highly processed foods. On the other hand, fruits are packaged with much more than naturally-occurring sugar, including water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (e.g., phytonutrients), and fiber. Fruits are nutrient-dense (the opposite of cakes and candies). Fiber is vital in that it also slows down digestion, so you don’t get the insulin spike and subsequent crash caused by candies, cakes, and similar sweets."
"Even with their relatively high sugar content, raisins have been found to help control blood sugar levels. And in one study, it was shown that snacking on raisins three times a day — rather than other common snacks with similar calorie counts — can help lower blood pressure."