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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
1/12/11 9:38 A

If you look at the list of ingredients, you'll see added sugar in something like a candy bar. You won't see that in fruit b/c the sugar isn't added, it's natural.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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1/12/11 8:17 A

So my next question is... how do you know the difference? I mean we are suppose to get daily amounts of fruits yet some are loaded with sugar (ei bananas). How do we know from looking at a label if it is a natural sugar or a refined/processed sugar?

Thanks for being so helpful!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,465
1/11/11 12:46 P

On a food label, the sugar listing includes not only refined white sugar, but also fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). This is why a cup of milk has 12 grams of sugar listed (natural milk sugar), but not one tsp of refined white table sugar. It is very deceiving and confusing, and at present impossible to track. Our dietitian usually suggests that folks track total carbohydrates and keep these in a healthy level, and make a conscious effort to limit sweets, candy, pie, cookies, syrup, jams, pop, etc.

Coach Jen



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1/11/11 11:37 A

Several of my friends and I are into the Belly Fat Diet and use the 3-Hour Diet Cookbook! We try to watch our carbs and sugars, but there is no way to track our sugar intake in "My Nutrition". Can someone please help in this matter? I mean sugar is on every label and it is found in almost every food. Can we please make this an option to track for ourselves and our families?

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