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Is It important I eat sugar most days in the form of fruit? or would it be harmful to completely cut sugar out of my diet, including naturally-occurring sugar in fruit?
by Sally Rogers

Is It important I eat sugar most days in the form of fruit? or would it be harmful to completely cut sugar out of my diet, including naturally-occurring sugar in fruit?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

When it comes to fruit, your body tends to treat it more like a complex carbohydrate vs a simple sugar-it knows that it is something that you need to stay healthy and alert. In addition, fruit gives you fiber, which helps to prevent blood sugar spikes, along with many important and necessary vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that including fruit in your diet can lower your risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and even help with weight management. Fruit fills you up and keeps you satisfied.

You should never cut anything completly out (unless you have a medical condition) and that includes sugar. You can still have a small amount of added sugar and have a healthy diet. Most guidelines have you aim for between 6-10 teaspoons. Remember, a healthy eater is someone who enjoys all foods, doesn't label foods and listens to his/her body.


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