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Sugarless Diet: Why Is Blood Sugar Still High?

Help! I've cut all the sugar out of my diet, but my blood sugars are still high. What is happening?

The health community once believed that if diabetics removed all sugar from their diets, their blood glucose levels would be normal. Today, this is no longer the consensus. Research has shown that sugar does not raise blood glucose levels more than the equivalent amount of other carbohydrate foods.

The key is to figure out how many grams of carbohydrates or carbohydrate choices you can consume during meals and snacks, and account for them in your meal plan. Consider them as occasional foods. You cannot simply add in sweets anytime you have a craving for them. Usually, these foods have little or no nutritional value, and can add up to a lot of calories, making weight loss or maintenance difficult.

Megan Porter, RD/LD
Contributing Expert

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