- The keto diet, which strictly restricts the consumption of sugar, has grown in popularity in recent years
- Food and health experts say it is not necessary to give up sugar to improve one’s health
- Keeping added sugar below the recommendations of the American H
eart Association is a great way to enjoy good foods and stay within healthy boundary
As people become increasingly aware of the negative effects of sugar in their body, many have resolved to quitting sugar to have a healthier li
Low carb diets, particularly the keto diet, which strictly restricts the consumption of sugar, including those from fruits, grains and dairy, have also grown in popularity in recent years.
Amid the growing trend of quitting sugar and sugar-free diets, some food and health experts say it is not necessary to give up sugar to improve one’s health. Many even frown upon the idea of adopting the keto diet.
“For the right person and right situation, keto can be really game-changing, but not suitable for everyone, so people don’t feel comfortable recommending it to anyone under any circumstances,” said Robin Foroutan, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Amy Good, a registered dietician at the Toledo Center for Eating Disorder said that sugars are in general carbohydrates that are necessary for survival since they are the body’s preferred source of fuel. They are also a good source of fiber, which is necessary for a healthy gut.
Too much intake of sugar is largely blamed for a range of health conditions. The popularity of sweetened food and beverages, for instance, is cited as an important contributor in the ob
esity epidemic sweeping many countries worldwide. It is linked to increased risk for Type 2 dia betes and even d epression.
Health experts, however, do not think it’s best to adapt an all or nothing stance on sugar when it comes to improving health and preventing 1lln
Experts say that eating sugar, including the added sugar is not dangerous or unhealthy as long as it is consumed as part of a diet that includes other nutrient-dense foods.
Sarah Pflugradt, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Salubrious RD, said that keeping one’s added sugar below the recommendations of the American H
eart Association is a great way to enjoy good foods and still stay within the healthy boundary.