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How much sugar should you eat? These 5 questions will give you the answer…

How much sugar should I eat?What’s the difference between added sugar and the sugar we find in fruits and vegetables? How much can we eat a day and what are the symptoms if we overdo it? If you’ve found the latest advice around sugar consumption confusing, you’re not alone…

Recommendations advocating added sugar should make up no more than 5% of our daily calorie intake are causing a stir – we asked nutritionist Marilyn Glenville to shed some light on the sugar debate…


Q: How many pieces of fruit is it advisable to have a day?Image result for fruits per day

A: Vegetables have more nutritional value as they don’t affect blood sugar levels as much as fruit. However, for someone trying to cut back on refined sugars, fruit is great for weaning yourself off sugary snacks.

Fruit juice is different, all the fibre has been thrown away. 2-3 pieces of fruit a day is fine, though try to have some nuts and seeds alongside your fruit. The protein slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream and provides longer lasting energy.

In terms of blood sugar, certain fruits like apples and berries are much better than the tropical ones, like mangos and pineapple. The fruit sugar content is naturally higher. Dried fruit is also one to watch as the sugar content is more concentrated because of the absence of water.

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