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JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
1/20/13 9:29 P


FIREWOMN Posts: 638
1/20/13 4:18 P

Both for me. I am diabetic and overweight. so both are hard on my system.

SDGAMBLE Posts: 637
1/20/13 3:36 P

low sugar

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (277,696)
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1/20/13 3:17 P

Low sugar. I believe fat is good for us in moderation. Sugar - never.

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (94,861)
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1/20/13 2:41 P

Low fat, low sugar, low calories

MWOODS21 Posts: 505
1/20/13 2:23 P

Low Fat

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,317
1/20/13 9:50 A

low sugar... everything I read says that spikes in insulin levels tell the body to store fat and the body becomes less and less efficient at handling sugar (including what it converts from starch) I try hard to restrict carbs

but I eat unprocessed foods and limit my dairy so low fat is not really an issue for me.

ANGHARAD3 Posts: 966
1/20/13 7:18 A

Right now, I am working on both. In the past I was more concerned about carbs but I am trying now to eat a more balanced diet.

STILLHERE1111 SparkPoints: (5,744)
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1/20/13 12:13 A

No Sugar, and lots of healthy fats--no vegetable oils.

Pasture butter, extra virgin coconut oil, raw walnuts, pasture eggs, cheese, bacon, (nitrate free), extra virgin olive oil, sour cream, cream, chicken wings...

All the high fat foods listed above curb your cravings while sugar just increases them and messes up your blood sugar.

RUTHDEN1 SparkPoints: (116,496)
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1/19/13 10:58 P

low sugar

JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
1/19/13 10:23 P


SOTIREDOFTHIS SparkPoints: (4,969)
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1/16/13 12:35 P

Least caloric........

SKINNYMISSKASEY SparkPoints: (114,139)
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1/16/13 12:29 P

Low fat. I need sugar bc I have symptoms of hypoglycemia.

1/16/13 12:20 P

I think sugar - even though I watch both.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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1/16/13 10:33 A

I try to watch both because a lot of low fat stuff has added sugar but high fat stuff is very unhealthy so kind of a catch 22!

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
1/16/13 8:21 A

I suppose sugar. Low calorie is what is most important to me, LOL.

128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
1/16/13 8:16 A


URBANLOTUS Posts: 1,729
1/16/13 8:12 A

Making sure what I eat has a low sugar count is definitely what I am watching right now.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/16/13 8:09 A

My thing now is barely processed foods/whole foods. Cheese is a little different, but I want more whole foods than anything else. Fresh vegetables. Whole grains. No white flour. Low sodium. Little to no saturated fats-good fats like that which comes with nuts and seeds. Plant fats-but not partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable fats. I could go on and on.

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,593)
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1/16/13 7:56 A

No because if it is low in fat or sugar it can be high in salt. Also I don't like fake sugar. I would rather have high real sugar than the fake sugar. Same for fat.

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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1/16/13 7:51 A

Great question!!!

My friend has used weight watchers to lose over 30 lbs, her advisor said ALWAYS choose sugar free versus fat free.

My trainer echoed the same thing.

We need fat for vitamin absorption. Many fat free items (like salad dressings, puddings...) add lots of salt and sugar to make up for taste.

Lots of sugar causes sugar swings, lower energy, and may keep fat cells holding on in our abdomen and hips and thighs.

Go sugar free!

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
1/16/13 7:51 A

both! but not to extremes

DARJR50 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/16/13 7:32 A

low sugar

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/16/13 7:18 A

I would have to say low sugar.

THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
1/16/13 6:40 A

I hve to deal with both being diabetic. The best way for me is to buy fresh everything. No additives of any kind. Chicken and seafood with some red meat, and some frozen vegetables is what I buy most. If I can get it fresh I will avoid processed foods.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
1/16/13 6:32 A

I might not buy either.

I don't buy products that are labeled reduced fat or low sugar. Usually they have something about them that isn't good for me. If I can't get a naturally low fat or low sugar food I would choose natural over artificial reduced products even if they have more fat or sugar.

You might try plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/16/13 6:13 A

I think things need a little fat to taste good, I go for low sugar. I do drink ff milk though.

UGOGIRL2009 Posts: 787
1/16/13 12:28 A

if I had to choose it would be low fat

TREE57 Posts: 4,596
1/15/13 10:09 P

low fat

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
1/15/13 10:07 P

Low fat

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,054
1/15/13 10:05 P

that is one reason I tend to stay away from "low fat" options. (plain non fat yogurt is an exception)

YMUNDERWOOD SparkPoints: (366,447)
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1/15/13 9:55 P

I focus more on low sugar.

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (87,474)
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1/15/13 9:36 P

I aim for 30% of my daily calories coming from fat. I don't like low sugar items if they use artificial sweetener, so my vote would be low fat.

NEWBERRYBEAR71 SparkPoints: (24,575)
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1/15/13 7:58 P

I'm diabetic, so low sugar. I also agree with Russell, they add when dropping fat and what they add isn't good.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/15/13 7:55 P

I would grab the higher fat version. I am a diabetic on a low carb diet, so I aim for 60-75% fat anyways.

The problem with low fat, is they replace the taste with sugar, or salt, which I personally think is worse.

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
1/15/13 6:05 P

Which one had fewer calories? That's what matters most to most people, barring any special medical conditions. Calories aren't the only thing that matters to weight control, but they're the main thing.

Only if the calories are close would I move on to start deciding between fat and sugar. And at that point, it starts to matter what kind of fat and what kind of sugar. In sour cream, "sugar" probably means lactose, the natural sugar that's always present in milk. If you remove the fat from milk (or cream, or yogurt, etc), then in order to get a full cup or tablespoon or whatever, you get more of whatever else is in that food. Read the ingredients to make sure they didn't add sugar or corn syrup or something to stabilize it, but probably it just has a tiny bit more of carbs and protein because taking out the fat left more room in the cup that had to be filled. If the serving size were larger, you'd probably see that it's higher in protein, calcium, and possibly even some vitamins. If there are no added sugars, then I would use a lower-fat, lower calorie product, because it's not really higher in sugar-- it's just higher in "not-fat."

With some foods, though, a healthy natural fat might be replaced with added sugar. That's what happens with most brands of reduced-fat peanut butter, for example. Peanut oil is one of the healthy fats, so unless you have a health problem that requires you to avoid all kinds of fat, there's no advantage to a low-fat peanut butter. You're losing part of the healty fat that's the reason you eat peanut butter to begin with, while getting extra added sugar that you don't need.

And remember that cookies, cakes, potato chips, etc, are foods that you don't need and shouldn't eat very often, regardless of whether they're reduced fat or reduced sugar. That's why low-fat got a bad name; people saw the recommendation that said "eat less fat" and decided it gave them permission to eat whatever they wanted as long as it wasn't fat. Anybody remember Snackwells cookies? They were "fat free" but had just as many calories as Mallomars, which had something like 1g of fat anyway. But because they were fat free, people chose to believe they could eat a whole box for lunch and it would be "healthy." The same thing is happening now with "low carb." Too many calories are too many calories, regardless of where they come from.

TALIA2121 Posts: 24
1/15/13 5:41 P

Low Sugar is more important. If you cut out all the fats then your body also loses out on the healthy fats! I am not saying to go crazy with all the whole fat foods cause it can also be bad for you but little to no sugar is better for you then never eating any fats!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,406
1/15/13 5:17 P

If the low fat version had added sugar, I would pick the regular version.

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (40,663)
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1/15/13 4:58 P

Low sugar always! Your body needs healthy fats - olive oil, coconut oil, organic butter - but the body has absolutely no requirement for sugar, especially the fake stuff!

SINAED SparkPoints: (15,107)
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1/15/13 3:03 P

low fat and low sugar so both

1/15/13 1:54 P

less sugar, but I also avoid artificial sweeteners.

JMOUSE99 SparkPoints: (192,021)
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1/15/13 1:53 P

low sugar

LISAGOULDIE SparkPoints: (19,277)
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1/15/13 1:50 P

Low sugar

1/15/13 1:42 P

I've had weight loss surgery, so my answer may not work for everyone. I always go for less sugar. My body no longer processes sugars well and so it is a big no no for me. When it comes to sour cream or cottage cheese, etc. I check the labels and if there is a huger difference in fat but not a huge difference in sugar I'll get the lower fat one, but if the sugar is a lot higher in the non-fat version then I stick with the fattier one and just watch my portions.

2013LOSE20 SparkPoints: (679)
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1/15/13 1:06 P

Yesterday I bought low fat sour cream even though there was less sugar in the regular one. I am so conditioned to eating low fat and since I track on here I want to stay within my range for the day.

My problem is I read how sugar causes fat and eating less sugar is more important than less fat. I agree with this theory but also know calories count.

Would you have grabbed the less sugar option or the less fat option?

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