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Posted by: | 2020/02/28

Avoiding sweet things

Is avoiding sweet things, (or using rarely) like sweets, white sugars, biscuits etc and using fruits, vegitables, flour etc. is good? I mean if we avoid sweat things having sugars do it affect insuline sensitivity/or any bad effect for non doabetic people? Or it is good?

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Expert ImageThe Dietitians
- 2020/03/04

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Aim for a diet that is low in sugar even if you are not a diabetic. Diets high in sugar can contribute to weight gain, increase inflammation, increased risk for developing diabetes, lead to fluctuating blood sugar levels and so cause poor energy levels, drop in concentration, irritability and shaky hands.

Examples of ways to reduce sugar intake is reduce sugar added to tea/coffee, reduce intake of cakes, biscuits, chocolates, donuts etc. Manage sweet cravings by avoid buying sweet foods and having them available in the house. When you have a sweet craving, delay eating something by an hour. Your craving will be reduced or you may not even feel like the sweet item anymore. Drink a glass of water, cup of rooibos or herbal tea, or decaf coffee to distract yourself from the craving and curb any potential hunger. Snack on veg sticks if you feel hungry. After 30 minutes if you are still hungry, it is better to have a protein snack than a starch snack.

For more information speak to your local dietitian. A dietitian will guide you through your specific challenges and lifestyle needs to ensure your goals are addressed and guidance is given. To find a registered dietitian near you visit the Association for Dietetics in South Africa’s website http://www.adsa.org.za/Public/FindARegisteredDietitian.aspx

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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