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Sugar Consumption

Posted by @ezra, Jul 18, 2017

My doctor indicated that I needed to reduce my consumption of sugar. She made reference to sweets. I do not eat many refined sugars. While I did consume sugar-free ice cream in the past, I no longer eat such foods. I sweeten my tea and coffee with a sugar substitute. Still, I consume fruits. My question – is sugar consumption by fruits as detrimental as refined sugar?

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Great question! As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I classify sugar into 2 groups – natural or added sugars. When counseling patients on a healthy diet, I tend to first focus on added sugars. These are the items you mentioned – ice cream, sugar sweetened beverages – in other words sugar added to products. It is the goal to limit/avoid this type of sugar as much as possible. Naturally occurring sugars, like those found in fruits and dairy, are less of a concern especially when these foods are eaten in their natural state, in appropriate portion sizes for a meal plan. As long as fruit is eaten with in appropriate amounts – such as 4 servings on a 1500 calorie diet – it is part of a healthy diet.

For more information, see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/diabetes/faq-20057835

Lisa

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Great question! As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I classify sugar into 2 groups – natural or added sugars. When counseling patients on a healthy diet, I tend to first focus on added sugars. These are the items you mentioned – ice cream, sugar sweetened beverages – in other words sugar added to products. It is the goal to limit/avoid this type of sugar as much as possible. Naturally occurring sugars, like those found in fruits and dairy, are less of a concern especially when these foods are eaten in their natural state, in appropriate portion sizes for a meal plan. As long as fruit is eaten with in appropriate amounts – such as 4 servings on a 1500 calorie diet – it is part of a healthy diet.

For more information, see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/diabetes/faq-20057835

Lisa

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Thank you, I appreciate your response.

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