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DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,454
2/16/13 9:42 A

This Spark Article will give you all the info you need on recommendation level, conversion betweeen grams and teaspoons, and the problems with our current food label. It also gives a link to an extensive listing of foods and the added sugar amount.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=616




MICHELLEXXXX
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Posts: 1,785
2/16/13 9:16 A

I encourage ingesting sugars found in their natural state in vegetables (and occasional fruits). The nutrients comprising each veg/fruit have synergistic relationships with eachother creating maximum health benefits when ingested in their natural form.



ERICADURR
Posts: 241
2/16/13 8:40 A

Completely agree with Unident. It seems like sugars are added to everything nowadays, and trying to track it will drive you crazy! I just cut out processed foods altogether, and get my sugar strictly from fruits and other natural sources.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,761
2/16/13 8:10 A

There is no definitive answer to the question...Carb's can take the form of sugar once eaten, even Orange juice has quite a lot of fructose and many of our foods have added sugar in them. If you are worried about diabetes or heart disease,or cancer limiting sugar intake is a good idea, actually for anyone, possibly you could speak with your personal physician to get his/her take on sugar. When I was pre-diabetic, I was told to eat berries as they have the least impact on blood sugar and I eat only low glycemic fruits like peaches, pears, plums, apples, kiwi, cherries & apricots. There is also a book called Lick The Sugar Habit by by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D that may help you since many today have no insurance coverage to pay for advice...you can probably find the book at the library for reference. I, personally, stay away from foods with words that end in ose or itol when reading food labels.

UNIDENT is also on target.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 2/16/2013 (08:13)


UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
2/15/13 5:57 P

This is why Spark doesn't actually let you track "sugar".

Many products simply don't label the sugars, and of course some naturally occurring sugars are good for you.

A good goal is 0.00 "added sugar". None. Cottage cheese will have naturally occurring lactose sugar from the milk so you would tell by reading the ingredients. If "sugar" is listed as an ingredient (or any of its many other names) then it has added sugars in it.

Don't try to aim for any particular amount of "sugar". That isn't the path to health. Just eat a healthy balanced diet, mostly free from candies, sweets, baked goods, and anything with "sugar" in the ingredients list, especially if it's high up.



LUCKINLOVE
Posts: 216
2/15/13 4:54 P

Do I just convert teaspoons into grams then? Like my 1% cottage cheese 1/2 cup has 1g sugar.



CHEETARA79
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2/15/13 4:52 P

I think it's like a limit of 6 tsp a day but I could be wrong.

Dairy products like yogurt and milk have a natural sugar in them too. It's called lactose. That's why even skim milk or plain yogurt have sugar grams listed on the nutrition label.



LUCKINLOVE
Posts: 216
2/15/13 4:03 P

What is a good goal for a female as far as sugar grams go? I know fruits & some veggies have naturally occuring sugar, so those shouldn't count "against" you, right? The sugar to watch out for is the "added" sugar, right? For example, the added sugar to some yogurt & other foods?



 
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