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I have been really trying to stay away from sugar lately and so I am wondering if this means I should stay away from sugary fruits and veggies like carrots and grapes as well?
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By chance did you happen to read Sugar Busters? I too read Sugar Busters and so there was a point when I also avoided carrots, beets, grapes and company because I was afraid they were too high in sugar. Here is the thing: Are they high in sugar? Kind of. Should we avoid them? No. Sure many foods naturally contain sugar; however, they also naturally contain some nutritional goodies that you want in your diet. Grapes, for example are high in flavanoids — phytonutrients that fight heart disease. Carrots are high in beta-carotene. Beets are loaded with fiber and folate.
Keep in mind that there are no recommendations on how much natural sugar you should limit yourself to, however the World Health Organization believes we should not exceed 40 to 45 grams of added sugar (read: not natural) per day. So load up on carrots, beets, grapes, oranges and more, but try and cut back on the candy, cookies, and soda.
Looking to get rid of added sugars? Then check out my full list of names for sugar, other than sugar.