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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Sugar and Health
Date: August 21, 2007 at 8:59 am PST

In Reply to: Sugar and Health posted by MLJ on August 21, 2007 at 7:54 am:

Hi

As I have mentioned in previous posts, a public message board is
not the place to address personal health issues, so I can answer in
general.

>>I've been dealing with some breast issues over the last five
years, and don't want to get to the point of having to have surgery
in the future. I've eat very well, exercise religously,

Does this mean every Sunday? ;)

>>and do all the right things.

My only comment on this is that many people beleive they do all
the "right thing" but there are so many opinions on what the "right
thing" is ... so without defining what your opinion of the "right
things" is, I dont have a clue to what it is.

>>However, I do have a sweet tooth. I'm wondering how important
cutting back sugar is to further improving my health profile. What
is an acceptable amount of added sugar per day?

The extent depends on your personal situation, and how much you
are currently taking in.

Also, the best source of sugar is the sugar that occurs naturally in
fresh fruits. Make sure you get in enough of these. And, if it
helps, add some dried fruits in also. I would be careful of fruit
juice though.

The problem is all the refined, processed and/or concentraded
sugars people consume. And, most of it is hidden in processed
foods, packaged foods and restaurant foods, so its often difficult
for someone to know how much they are getting in.

Having said all that, there is probably little harm for most people if
they kept the intake of added sugars to no more than 5% of total
calories.

Because the Nutrition Facts label doesnt make the distinction
between added sugars and naturally occuring sugars, they only
number they give you is "total" Sugars, which doesnt help with my
guideline.

Hope that helps
In Health
jeff

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