Don't just eliminate any sugar - learn what matters.
All of Seattle Sutton's calorie plans adhere to the added sugar guidelines set forth by multiple health agencies. There are two types of sugar found in our diet. There is natural sugar found in fruits, dairy products, and some vegetables. These types of “good sugars” also add many antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals to the diet. There is no limit on this type of good sugar we should be consuming throughout the day. Often with their protein, fiber, and nutrients, these foods are better for blood sugar because they slow down absorption and have a more favorable response in the body.
Added sugars, on the other hand, should be limited. These sugars do not have any benefit nutritionally and usually are just empty calories that can lead to weight gain and a quick spike in blood sugar. The recommendation is to consume less than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men from the American Heart Association. And the Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 10% of your total calories should come from added sugars.
Our meals average between 50-80 calories per day of added sugar and 4-4.5% of calories from added sugars. We limit them to stay well below their guidelines, while not restricting them completely.
Good Sugar vs. Bad Sugar