Post # 1
I have a question about sugar for any of you dietitian or nutritionist bees out there! Since I’ve been pregnant, I crave fruit like crazy – clementines, grapes, apples, grapefruits, etc. I meet or go over my recommended amount of servings each day. I barely eat any processed sugar at all, but I notice when I log my foods in MyFitnessPal, it says I’m going over on sugar each day even if the only sugar I’ve had was in the fruit! So how much natural sugar is TOO much? And does it make a difference that what I’m consuming is natural sugar vs processed/refined sugar?
Post # 3
commenting so I can come back and see answers! I wonder about this because I am very careful with any processed/added sguar but it feels like sugar in fruit “shouldn’t count” as long as you aren’t like, eating 10 oranges a day or something. If I could also add on a little, would raw honey count as “natural” or “refined”, assuming it matters which kind you eat?
Post # 4
I’m not a nutritionist, but I do happen to know that when your body craves something, it may be because it’s low on certain nutrients. maybe if you took some vitamin supplements, your cravings might reduce a little?
all of the fruits you listed above have tons of vitamin C.
Post # 5
For the record, I am NOT a dietician or nutritionis. From what I’ve been reading, the short answer is you can eat as much fruit as you want as long as you are already generally healthy and don’t have medically significant blood sugar problems. This is fruit in raw form and not canned or dried.
“The “sugar” found in fruit is not exactly comparable to the refined sugar found in a cake. It’s in a form that’s readily digestible, but also comes in a complete package which includes water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and co-enzymes.” (http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=175 )
I thought that was a really great set of articles. If you’re truly concerned, I would ask your doctor or nurse to be sure. I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what other Bees say. Cheers!
Post # 6
@HisMoon: Thank you so much! I just have a crazy taste for ‘clean’ tasting foods with this pregnancy… raw fruits, raw veggies, salads, etc but especially fruits! I just didn’t want to eat my way into gestational diabetes lol
Post # 7
Hi there! I am a registered dietitian. Yes there is a difference when you are consuming natural sugar in fruit vs sugar in processed foods. The fiber in fruit slows the absorption of the sugar to your blood sugar doesn’t spike as fast. I’m not sure how much you are exactly eating but the whole “5 a day” notion is actually a minimum recommendation for fruits and veggies, really up around 9-11 combined servings a day is optimal. Just make sure to spread it out through the day too. You are probably fine with how much you are eating and depending on how far along, you’ll get tested for gestational diabetes by your doctor and will be able to know more from there.