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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,593
6/2/13 9:55 P

Yes, the carb count includes the carbs in fruits, veggies--as well as starchy veggies, milk, yogurt, beans, legumes, grains, pies, cakes, cookies, candy..... "all carbs"

1/2 a banana has about 15 grams of carbohydrate

Becky

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6/2/13 8:55 P

I'm curious, does this carb count include carbs found in fruits and veggies? Because I know one is supposed to get 2.5 servings a day each of fruits and vegetables. I would imagine eating an entire banana for example would have quite a bit of carbs in the serving.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
6/1/13 11:07 P

Your goal should be .. as little as possible. I doubt that you will get to a point where you are worried that you are low on sugar. It is in any food that isn't a single ingredient.

You get plenty of natural sugars in food that you eat. 0 grams of added sugar would be just fine, but you aren't going to probably reach it, so just cut it wherever you can.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,593
6/1/13 7:20 P

Weight loss is a result of calorie intake---calories come from protein, fat and carbohydrates (sugar is one type of carbohydrate). Even if you are eating at a certain sugar level---but your protein, fat and other types of carbs are too high---you still won't have weight loss.

Becky

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6/1/13 4:41 P

I am still trying to find out many grams of sugar can I consume and still keep losing weight. I want the sugars that are included in foods and fruits

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,593
5/31/13 3:07 P

I would suggest that you use a recipe that includes the total carbohydrate amount for a serving of the dessert and have that information available. You should also know what a portion size is of the dessert. For example:

1/2 cup = 20 carbohydrates
a cake cut in 12 servings, 1 piece = 18 carbohydrates

People with diabetes "count carbohydrates" not sugar, for appropriate blood sugar control.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

APPYSPOT Posts: 26
5/31/13 2:21 P

We are having a reception for grads and need to have desserts for diabetics too. I would like to stray away from splenda and other sugar subs like that and am wondering if I can use Sugar Leaf www.SweetLeaf.com instead. It uses 1/3 the amount of sugar leaf than you would normally use of regular sugar. The question arises in my mind since it has pure cane sugar as well as stevia for the ingredients. So, would it be safe for a diabetic child?

Edited by: APPYSPOT at: 5/31/2013 (14:22)
DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,593
5/31/13 1:22 P

I assume you mean "added sugar" in foods. Things like the sugar added to soda pop, juice drinks, coffee, tea, candy, yogurt, cake, pie, jelly, pastries, pudding, etc.

The general recommendation is no more then 6-7 added teaspoons of sugar daily. That's 25-28 grams of added sugar.

Hope this helps
Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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5/31/13 1:14 P

I am doing very well with my eating program. However, I need to find out how many sugars I should intake. Am having trouble getting to my Spark Coach, so if anybody out there knows this info, please pass it on.

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