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Old 04-12-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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Has anyone else cut out all sugars from their diet except the sugars found it fruits, vegetables and dairy?

I got my blood work results recently and found my cholesterol and triglycerides were a little too high. I went over my usual diet and found I was consuming way too much sugar. Two teaspoons in both my mornings coffees, a tablespoon in my oatmeal, bread and ketchup with my lunch and then another two teaspoons in my tea and a treat after dinner! I think I was having around 80-100g of sugar a day!

Since the weekend I have cut back to zero sugar in my coffee in the morning and at night I have only one teaspoon in my tea and every second night I have a few blocks of dark chocolate. So i'm trying to stick to about 12-15g of added sugar a day.

Is this a reasonable amount or should I cut it out all together? I know it's probably best to cut it all out but I do really enjoy have a few blocks of chocolate every now and then.
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:44 PM
 
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Sugar has no value, but it's sweet, people love it, it elevates blood sugar, causes tooth decay, it's addicting, ....the list is long. You decide for yourself, as I FINALLY see it, less is best in the sugar world. I did a lifetime of too much sugar and now what's left of my life I choose to steer really clear as best I can resist. I certainly don't need more health issues like diabetes....

Sugar is in almost everything, just eating some celery/peanut butter snack and very low sugar in
the PB. Read labels and work on staying away from the obvious high sugar stuff,

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Old 04-12-2016, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Sugar is not bad, in MODERATION....it just doesn't have much nutritional value. There's no real reason to avoid it, unless you ONLY eat sugary stuff...
Sugars are carbs...they are in almost everything, but meats! If you're healthy, a moderate amount of sugar won't hurt you at all..
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:08 PM
 
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Sugar is not bad, in MODERATION....it just doesn't have much nutritional value. There's no real reason to avoid it, unless you ONLY eat sugary stuff...
Sugars are carbs...they are in almost everything, but meats! If you're healthy, a moderate amount of sugar won't hurt you at all..
I believe the OP is talking about refined sugar, not sugar found naturally fruits etc. Refined sugar, or sugar being added to coffee and tea, has zero nutritional value and can easily be removed from ones diet

OP: 12-15g a day is a lot better than what you were doing. Try to stick to that for a little while
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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Juices and store bought OJ is high in sugars...better to eat an orange or if one drinks juices buy the lowest sugar and dilute with clean water...less sugar and fruit taste. Eating too many sugars are not that great either...stick with low glycemic fruits.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Has anyone else cut out all sugars from their diet except the sugars found it fruits, vegetables and dairy?
Absolutely not, but I did get rid of many of the processed foods in my diet. I don't sweeten coffee or tea, gave up soda years ago, rarely eat white bread, white rice or pasta and have added quite a bit of fiber to my diet. After a small but balanced meal, I'll allow myself a little sugar thrill. I love my treats, so if I eat all of my broccoli, I get two bites of cheesecake or whatever. As long as most of your diet consists of healthy, whole foods, you're allowed to "cheat" once in a while. At least I am.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:37 PM
 
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Count the carbs in foods. It includes sugars and is easier to work with as a high carb load is bad. Aim for less than 100 grams per day.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:39 PM
 
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Has anyone else cut out all sugars from their diet except the sugars found it fruits, vegetables and dairy?

I got my blood work results recently and found my cholesterol and triglycerides were a little too high. I went over my usual diet and found I was consuming way too much sugar. Two teaspoons in both my mornings coffees, a tablespoon in my oatmeal, bread and ketchup with my lunch and then another two teaspoons in my tea and a treat after dinner! I think I was having around 80-100g of sugar a day!

Since the weekend I have cut back to zero sugar in my coffee in the morning and at night I have only one teaspoon in my tea and every second night I have a few blocks of dark chocolate. So i'm trying to stick to about 12-15g of added sugar a day.

Is this a reasonable amount or should I cut it out all together? I know it's probably best to cut it all out but I do really enjoy have a few blocks of chocolate every now and then.
I do this. I am currently on about 20-30 g of carbs a day. If something contains added sugar, I do not eat it. I am also currently eating mainly protein (meat, cheese, nuts), berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries), green veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, celery, brussell sprouts, romaine lettuce), etc. I feel great!
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:47 AM
 
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I believe the OP is talking about refined sugar, not sugar found naturally fruits etc. Refined sugar, or sugar being added to coffee and tea, has zero nutritional value and can easily be removed from ones diet

OP: 12-15g a day is a lot better than what you were doing. Try to stick to that for a little while


Sugar is sugar..doesn't matter if it's glucose, fructose, lactose or sucrose...if it's ends I 'ose' it's sugar and your body reacts the same way.


It's easy to limit white refined table sugar from your diet...just don't buy/use it. Get rid of the ketchup...it's loaded with sugar.


Fruit is a better choice, but you can't eat an unlimited amount of fruit and expect your blood sugars to be perfect. It's all about moderation and educating yourself about the sugar contents in fruits, berries and melon.
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Old 04-13-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Sugar is sugar..doesn't matter if it's glucose, fructose, lactose or sucrose...if it's ends I 'ose' it's sugar and your body reacts the same way.
Not quite true (see: sucralose).
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