Daily sugar intake

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I know in following the Paleo way of eating, we are to cut out sugar as much as possible. However, obviously fruit has sugar in it, and fruit is okay in moderation. Is there a recommended daily allowance of sugar if one is generally fit? For goodness sakes, an apple is roughly 20g of sugar itself! I haven't had any success finding info on this online, so if someone could point me to a post or website that would be great. Thanks!



on February 07, 2013
at 07:26 PM

Let your appetite be your guide. Have some sugar whenever you eat protein, such as eggs, because otherwise your body will release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline to keep blood sugar at the right level.

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on February 08, 2013
at 01:08 AM

Sugar inside fruits is not the same as table sugar. The fruit has antioxidants which basically insure that the sugar does less damage, they also have soluble fiber (high quality fiber mostly lacking in grains) that slows the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream.


on February 07, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Here are some links, they don't exactly answer your question, but they do add some perspective, I hope they're helpful: http://everydaypaleo.com/the-skinny-on-fruit/




I would speculate that fruit intake/daily allowance depends on your overall health and target health and whether or not you want to lose weight, or just doing low-carb paleo.

For example: -people with some neurological autoimmune disorders will need antioxidants and nutrients that come from certain fruits, berries and other fruits..etc. -People who want to lose weight and have an autoimmune condition would have to pick the fruits that will have the most nutrients, so that they wouldn't be taking sugar w/out the extra benefits. -People who work out, can eat fruits, because they need the carbs and that would probably depend on their workouts.

I guess if you experiment your body will tell you just how much fruits is good enough for it..

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