Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sugar Questions

After last week's newsletter a reader emailed me a question concerning fruit consumption.

Here is her question:

"He eats A LOT of fruit i.e dates, plums, nectarines...What is the difference between eating A LOT of fruit and eating "Little Debbie" cakes. Obviously, the main difference is the "natural" sugar and the "added" sugar. But sugar is still sugar. Is there a concern with eating A LOT of fruit daily? Should he be concerned with the amount of "natural" sugar that he consumes in a days time?"

Here was my answer:

"The fruits are better because they contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A cake is refined, processed and full of other non beneficial and therefore less nutritional products. The only concern about eating a lot of fruit in a day would be that you may visit the bathroom more often making one more regular (which is not a bad thing). There is not a limit on naturally-added sugar. The limit on added sugar is 12 teaspoons per day. Eating 5-9 servings of fruits or vegetables a day is actually a recommendation. So great job!
One other thing I would mention is fruit juice. This is a little different and lies somewhere between fruit and the added sugar categories. Juice offers little benefit to a child and is more concentrated in albeit naturally occurring sugar but its still more concentrated than a fruit would be and void of any fiber."

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