By JAMES COLQUHOUN (foodmatters.com)
WHAT IS SUGAR?
NATURALLY OCCURRING SUGARS
SO, HOW MUCH SUGAR IS OK?
MY TEN TIPS TO SUGAR CONSUMPTION:
- Eat fruit and veggies in season, as they will be harmoniously balanced to feed your body the right energy/nutrients for the time of year.
- Limit fruit to two to three pieces a day. Obviously, if you crave something sweet, having an extra piece of fruit is a lot better than munching on a processed sugary treat, however.
- Add natural, healthy fats and protein (such as nuts/seeds/cheese) when eating fruit as this can help reduce any sugar highs and lows and satiate the appetite, creating a balanced snack.
- Don’t eat anything with artificial sweeteners in it – these can be just as harmful to your health (if not more) as processed sugar.
- Be wary of ‘low fat’ labels, which often mean the food has higher added sugar content (to make up for lost flavor and texture).
- Do not consume energy drinks, soda, or cordial.
- If you need to sweeten foods yourself, consider a dash of organic maple syrup or honey.
- Restrict fruit juices (these can contain 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar, which is the same amount as in a can of soda).
- Avoid processed, package prepared foods and fast foods. Eat natural whole foods, loading up on unlimited veggies.
- Remember, humans and pre-humans have been eating fruit for millions of years. The human body is well-adapted to the small amounts of fructose found in nature, when eaten in moderation.
What Are Your Sugar Tips?
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