Posted by: sweetie | 2009-09-12

eating too much sweets?

i want to know if eating too much sweets will do any long term damage. to my health. i am 30 years, and 1.72 tall, i weigh 57 kilo' s so i think i am probably underweight, if anything. i eat well, i get my 5 fruit and veg in every day and drink lots of water, but my weakness is sweets and chocolates! i have to have a whole packet of sweets or sometimes a packet of sweets and a slab of chocolate every single day. i absolutely crave it!! i' m worried that having so much sugar in my diet is bad for me. i am breastfeeeding my toddler so i know that does have an effect on your appetite, but geez i am maybe going overboard?!? Please tell me what your opinion is on my diet. thanks

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Dear Sweetie
Eating large quantities of sweets and chocolates can have a number of negative effects on health: 1) It promotes tooth decay, 2) It "dilutes" the diet and lowers the quantities of protective nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that you ingest on a daily diet, 3) It can lead to exhaustion of the pancreas which may in turn lead to insulin resistance and/or diabetes 4) It may increase your triglyceride levels in the blood which like cholesterol can cause heart disease. So please reduce your sweet and chocolate intake to one moderate serving a day (2 to 3 sweets, or 3 blocks of chocolate). For your own health and that of your toddler who is being breastfed your must ensure that you are eating a balanced diet, i.e. plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least 5 portions a day), meat, fish (3-4 times a week) and eggs (4 per week), plus 4 cups of full-cream milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese a day, whole, unsifted grains and cereals (3-4 servings), legumes (cooked or canned dry beans, peas or lentils or soya) as often as possible, and poly- or monounsaturated oils or margarine (olive oil, tub marg, etc) (3 tablespoons a day). Make sure that you are eating a low-glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrate at every meal: Breakfast: high-fibre cereal or high-fibre Pronutro and 2 slices of rye bread, Lunch: Durum pasta or potato salad, or rye bread, Supper: cooked brown rice or sweet potato or Durum pasta. These low-GI carbs should lower your cravings for sugar. Also click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles.
Best regards

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