what is the difference nutritionally between artificial and natural sugars, like why are the sugars from my apple any better for me than the sugars from my apple lollipop if it’s all still sugar?

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what is the difference nutritionally between artificial and natural sugars, like why are the sugars from my apple any better for me than the sugars from my apple lollipop if it’s all still sugar?

In: Chemistry

I’m sure someone that actually knows about this subject will chime in soon, but I think it has to do with the way the body breaks down natural sugars vs artificial sugars. Sugars from foods such as fruits are broken down slower, whereas artificial sugars from sodas and candy cause huge spikes in your insulin levels…..or something like that 😂😂

Sorry, I’m not an expert haha – Just someone that’s passing through ELI5…..

Well there’s not a chemical difference between the fructose in the apple and the fructose in the lollipop. There are two reasons the apple is better for you. 1. The apple has some vitamin C and probably others 2. The apple has dietary fiber and other complex carbs, which will lead to a smoother blood sugar curve than if you ate the same number of calories in lollipop form.