I am also weighing in on tracking sugar and why can't it be done?!?! ELENGIL, I love your post on this subject!! And I agree with you and also question. I would also like to track my sugar intake. When adding a new food, sugar is part of the nutritional value so therefore there should be way to track it. I would like to see sugar added as a tracker.
I also think sugar should be added to the items we can track because "sugars" are commonly listed now on many nutrient labels.
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Water. I drink water, and water, and water. Sometimes hot tea. If you want sweet tea, try using stevia. Not processed trademarked brands, but just true, simple stevia extract. Or heck, try a little lemon and mint. Try a few slices of cucumber. There's lots of ways to punch up water with flavor without dumping in sugar. :)
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My kids love sweet tea. They are grown but when they come over I indulge also. I know it is a lot of sugar and probably a lot of calories and that is probably why I have put on a few pounds so I was just wondering what everyone else drinks on a day to day basis.
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Thanks for tip
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I was looking for sugar also. That is something that I definitely need to track CLOSELY!
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I am in total agreement with Elengil.........It really should be an option.
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Hey look, the 'search' function works!
SP_COACH_DENISE, thank you for the link, but I still have questions about why 'sugar' is not trackable. Many other nutrients are offered for tracking which are never or hardly ever listed on nutrition labels. Sugar, while perhaps not being required, is in every nutrition list I can ever remember looking at.
Understanding that there are different kinds of sugar, and not all of it bad, there are also different kinds of fats, good and bad, and cholesterol, good and bad. It seems odd that sugar is left out because it's difficult to know exactly what kind you're getting when these other nutrients are trackable, even though labels are also not required to necessarily break down what types of fat are in foods (saturated, unsaturated, mono- or poly-unsaturated, etc) and knowing that some fat is good for you.
While we could manually track what our nutrition labels offer as 'sugar', seeing as it is a very common nutrition label listing, and something that more people should be aware of their intake levels, can it not be reconsidered as a tracking option?
Sure, we can track glucose and fructose and sucrose and every other kind of 'ose' you provide, but when a label lists "8 grams of sugar", that sugar will never end up in any of those tracking categories.
Sugar falls under the heading of carbohydrates, but so does fiber, and we can track fiber.
I really don't understand why sugar is left out. The reasoning provided in that link only leaves me with more questions.
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Good question! Thanks Coach Denis! I've been monitoring my carbs more closely and I try to avoid added and unnecessary sugars.
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