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Posted by: Colette | 2010/09/27

Diet

Is it a good idea to remove sugar from one''s diet?

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Dear Colette
Generally speaking it is not necessary to remove all sugar from your diet. Even the American Diabetes Association allows diabetics to have a small amount of sugar per day. However, if you use 3 teaspoons of sugar per cup of tea or coffee per day and drink 4-6 cups a day, eat large quantities of sweets, and drink litres of sweetened cold drinks and/or an excessive amount of fruit juice, then these practices can lead to weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay and hypertriglyceridaemia which are all harmful to health. Moderation is the golden rule: you can use 1 teaspoon of sugar over porridges to make them more palatable, 1 teaspoon of sugar in tea/coffee provided you only have 2-3 cups a day. Try to avoid liquid sugar in the form of sweetened cold drinks and fruit juice because research indicates that liquid sugar is more obesogenic than solid sugar. If you can't resists sweets eat one a day or have them once a week as a treat.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/09/28

Dear Colette
Generally speaking it is not necessary to remove all sugar from your diet. Even the American Diabetes Association allows diabetics to have a small amount of sugar per day. However, if you use 3 teaspoons of sugar per cup of tea or coffee per day and drink 4-6 cups a day, eat large quantities of sweets, and drink litres of sweetened cold drinks and/or an excessive amount of fruit juice, then these practices can lead to weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay and hypertriglyceridaemia which are all harmful to health. Moderation is the golden rule: you can use 1 teaspoon of sugar over porridges to make them more palatable, 1 teaspoon of sugar in tea/coffee provided you only have 2-3 cups a day. Try to avoid liquid sugar in the form of sweetened cold drinks and fruit juice because research indicates that liquid sugar is more obesogenic than solid sugar. If you can't resists sweets eat one a day or have them once a week as a treat.
Best regards
DietDoc

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