Avoid sugar – bad advice for diabetics?
Advising people to avoid sugar may be irresponsible and impractical. Fruit, vegetables and most cereals and grains contain sugar.
Often, diabetics are advised to exclude sugar to control their blood sugar levels. This is not wrong, but eating to control blood sugar levels is about more than just “avoiding sugar”.
What is sugar?
Sugar is the simple term for food components also called carbohydrates. Sugar occurs naturally in all foods that originate from plants. There are different types of sugar, for example glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose. These sugars are found either on their own or as “building blocks” in most foods that come from plants.
It is impossible for a diabetic to avoid sugar completely. This would mean one would have to avoid all vegetables, fruit and cereals. Does this mean diabetics can eat whatever they want to? Definitely not! The amount of food eaten at a specific time, the type of food and the rest of the meal are important factors that contribute to blood sugar control.
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