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Should I Stop Eating Fruits and Veggies High in Sugar?

You Asked: Cutting Carrots?

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Hey Fit!
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?

- SamanthaSugar

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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.


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kungfubunni kungfubunni 9 years
isn't that little hercules a model now? he really freaked me out all muscley and young! so weird!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I love fruit...I could never cut it out!
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Fruit sugar does not affect me at ALL the same way as artificial ones, which surprised me because I am very sensitive to sugars. I followed "Eat to Live" very closely for awhile, which does not limit fruit but completely limits processed foods, and I never once experienced that sugar rush/ growling hunger situation with processed sugars. The key is eating foods that are non-processed and nutritionally dense for the amount of calories they have.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 9 years
Thank you for saying no, don't stay away from natural sugars. Eating healthy is hard enough without skinny people telling me I shouldnt eat carrots. (And beets, holy cow, beets are my most favorite food ever.)
emilyplayscello emilyplayscello 9 years
Natural sugars are definitely preferable to added ones, but sugar is still not something to consume mindlessly. Any type of sugar still has an effect on blood sugar, brain function, energy stability, and so forth. You don't need to strictly limit yourself, but it is good to be conscious of which fruits/vegetables have more sugar and be sure to include ones that are lower in sugar. -Emily from the Healthy Eating blog
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
This is a relief to hear. Those diets sound like such fads, but the words can stick to you when you're feeling desperate. It would seem so hard to turn away from foods that are natural and are direct products from the earth.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
ashcwebb are you talking about the kid they called little hercules? His name is Richard Sandrak I think. That was a Weird situation, he was a child bodybuilder. I think I remember reading that he'd never had cake before because he was always on such a strict diet and regimine
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I agree. You need your natural sugars and your fruits!
Arthur Arthur 9 years
good call jessicaeden!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I rememeber watching this show about this little boy who was this crazy muscle beefed up kid! Anyways, his trainer said no carrots for him because the sugar was too high...he couldn't eat A LOT of things and he was only like 11 or something!
jessicaeden jessicaeden 9 years
I had a trainer who told me that I shouldn't eat any fruit and that I should only eat dark green veggies. When I asked her whether I'd be missing out on important vitamins, she told me take a multi-vitamin instead. I decided to lose the trainer instead of the fruits and veggies!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
well it's a healthier sugar per say, fructose. and i've never thought of carrots as a sweet vegie. omg they're far from grapes or mangos. usually they have a bitter aftertaste.
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