Nutritionshould we just stay away from sugar?

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should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by canadahealthy » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:01 pm

i have a rounded t-spoon of sugar in my 2 coffees per day, and probably 2 cookies a day.

i don't do dessert.

on 'cheat days' (usually one per week) i have a lot of sugar.

the question i have... is sugar basically the enemy? should we avoid it along with simple carbs?


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Re: should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by Fred » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:30 pm

Q: Should we just stay away from sugar?

A: Yes. As much as we can and our mental health allows.
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Re: should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by RobSmith » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:48 am

I agree with Fred but don't switch to sweeteners as most of them have an insulin response similar to sugar and that is what you want to avoid. May as well stick to sugar when you really need sweetness as at least it is a natural product (so is Stevia, but you do get a bitter aftertaste with this).
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Re: should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by NewLifeScience » Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:29 pm

i agree, it should be a rare occasion... rarer i think than even once a week. if one binges on sugar, i think that can be pretty hard on the system. particularly if we are older...

But carbs like bread, pasta and potatoes can be just as bad, especially bread.
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Re: should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by Drdavid » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:16 pm

Reducing sugar intake is a healthy option. However, it may not be a perfect option. Maintaining a diet that is raw sourced improves this option but reality is that staying away from sugar 100% is difficult. I tell my patients that reducing your sugar intake is a great first step to health.
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Re: should we just stay away from sugar?

Post by ALIVEBYNATURE » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:37 pm

Drdavid wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:16 pm
Reducing sugar intake is a healthy option. However, it may not be a perfect option. Maintaining a diet that is raw sourced improves this option but reality is that staying away from sugar 100% is difficult. I tell my patients that reducing your sugar intake is a great first step to health.
Really? I find sugar craving go away after a while. Keto almost 4 years now. I did use artificial sweeteners at first in coffee and lemonad or such. After 6 months, not tempted by sugar at all. Bread was tempting for a bit longer for me. I agree whole foods and limiting sugar is the best first step for sure. Just don't think it is hard to eliminate 100%.
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