Sugar

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Joyce E.
Joined: 5/24/2013

I've been tracking my food and nutriblasts in fitness pal and am becoming concerned about the sugar consumption from my nutriblasts. Fitness pal has a default total calorie count of 1200, and specifically total daily  sugar of 24 grams. Today I consumed 112.  This morning I had the detox cleanse with a pair, apple, banana, and spinachn I didn't have pineapple. Tonight I had another one with spinach, cherries and some grapes.  What is a good amount of total sugar too consume. I don't want to overdo it and the only veges I like really like i. The blast are spinach, carrots and celery. I've tried the spring vege mix, it's ok, and the butter lettuce in haven't tried kale np but figure it might be bitter.  Thanks for guidance  Joyce 

Hey there! First I want to distinguish between ADDED sugars and Natural sugars. The American Heart Association has recommended no more than 6tsp (100 calories) a day for women and 9tsp (150 calories) a day for men of ADDED sugars. These sugars are those added to your bread, crackers, granola bar, lunch meats, cereals, salad dressing, catsup, BBQ sauce, etc. Natural sugars are those found in fruits and the starches/carbs in whole grains, nuts, legumes/beans, and veggies. The reason these are not limited are because they come along with a whole package of nutrition including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. However, we do want to make sure we don't get too much of a good thing and some of us tend to overdo it with the fruit (and starchy/sugary veggies like carrots and beets) which are higher in sugar and calories than other plant-based foods. Check out this article for some more details about fruit...and which ones won't impact your blood sugar as much as the others. http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/will-too-much-fruit-make-me-fat Our taste buds take time to adjust so don't be too hard on yourself. My suggestion would be to start with a recipe and slowly substitute in a new veggie in place of one of the fruits. Over time, you won't depend on sweet fruits to tolerate a NutriBlast. In the meantime, choose fruits lower on the glycemic index like berries so that your blood sugar and insulin levels are more likely to stay balanced. Check out this article for some more low sugar/ low GI options; http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/what-are-some-low-glycemic-low-sugar-nutriblast-recipes Happy Blasting!
Thank you, Krista. That helped a lot. I think some of my concern came from feeling guilty. I will try some other veges on my next shopping trip!
Thank you, Krista. That helped a lot. I think some of my concern came from feeling guilty. I will try some other veges on my next shopping trip!
Hi Krista I'm brand new toHi Krista I'm brand new to yur website. I'm 64 & dx with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Up until now I've been very healthy. I play and coach soccer. I am getting ready to do my 3rd cocktail of chemo. I've never been concerned with eating habits. Since I have this disease, I want to do everything in my power to impede it's progress. I am so confused about sugar. To my understanding, cancer cells LOVE sugar. Do they know the difference between your natural/added sugar. Will a cancer cell trive more with an added sugar vs natural. One thing i have learned is carbs r made up of starches, fiber, and sugar. One can live without any sugar in your diet. Do u agree? Would it be a good strategy to deprive cancer cells of what they love - sugar. That would require dropping a lot of healthy foods from my approved list. I would have to go total protein diet. I was drinking a strawberry/banana MacDonalds smoothie. It has about 48 grms sugar. I cut that out real quick. Unfortunately, a lot of the healthy things I like have 5-10 grams sugar (apples, grapes, Ensure, etc). Even if i successfully eliminated sugar, what would the cancer cells go hunting for next. They are like roaches. What they do best is survive. Appreciate your input. Thx Ron
Hi Ron, I know you addressedHi Ron, I know you addressed this to Krista but wanted to respond as well. I have a lot of clients with cancer and wanted to share some insight. When you make a blast in your Nutribullet you are keeping the fiber that exist in the food. This slows the absorption of any sugar the food may contain. However I would limit fruits to low glycemic fruits like berries, green apples, peaches, pears and plums. Try to have more veggies than fruits. Cancer cells thrive more on added sugars because they are so quickly absorbed. Flour based foods turn to sugar quickly also. Sugar occurs naturally in real foods and low glycemic vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains are fine for you. Sugar molecules are attached to fiber in vegetative low glycemic foods. The fiber slows down the rate at which the sugar is absorbed into our blood stream. Stay away from sugary drinks, flour based foods, refined and processed foods. They can contain a lot of hidden sugars and starches. DO NOT get smoothies from those smoothie chains. They can have upwards of 100 grams of sugar in them. Flour from grains even whole grains will turn into blood sugar quickly. Added sugars in processed foods and sugars in fruit juice are absorbed very quickly. Do not eat or drink them. Most dried fruits is coated with extra sugar. Most cancer cells are anaerobic. This means the only way they make energy is through glycolysis. This energy cycle turns glucose (sugar and starch are converted into glucose in our body) in our body into energy. There are three major energy pathways for cells to get energy. Anaerobic cells are limited to just one and that is glycolysis. So, if you limit the sugars in your diet to come from low glycemic foods you are effectively cutting the food supply for anaerobic cells by slowing the absorption rate and by consuming smaller amounts per meal or snack. Do you need sugar? Your body can't live without glucose which comes from sugar and starch in our diet. Your brain is totally dependent on glucose and when your blood sugar levels reach a certain level you will go into a coma from diabetic shock. Your muscle cells need glucose for high intensity work. Eat a variety of real foods and try not to stress so much. Stress lowers your immune system and causes hormonal imbalances. Avoid or limit all refined and processed foods. This includes flour based foods like breads (Ezekiel bread is okay it has a lower glycemic value), also white potatoes, white rice and dairy milk. I hope this helps. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Ron - Wally did an excellentRon - Wally did an excellent job answering your question! Thank you Wally :) In addition, we know that some of the fresh produce with natural sugars also contain powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help fight off cancer so it would be doing a disservice to yourself to avoid these completely. Wally is correct, your body needs glucose and if you do not eat it, it does its best to use components of other nutrients either consumed or stored to build it. A good rule is to stick to the lower sugar fruits, eat tons of veggies - avoid artificial sweeteners, and consume a mostly plant-based, whole foods diet!! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Hi Krista & Wally Thx for theHi Krista & Wally Thx for the input. Doesn't protein, fat, and starches get converted to glucose? Have you read anything about the University of Colorado doing a different approach to fighting pancreatic cancer cells with Asian Bitter Melon. Supposedly they have had success in barricading healthy cells from cancer cells in mice. They are now trying to get funding to take it to clinical trials. Are u familiar with this plant? How is it usually prepared?
Ron the energy pathway is very complex. It is called cellular respiration and there are three major pathways; Glycolysis (glucose only), the Krebs Cycle and the Electron Transport Chain (ETC). The ultimate final energy source is ATP not glucose. The different macronutrients go through different paths to make ATP. Glucose, fatty acids and protein are all broken down (catabolism) differently to get to the stage of ATP. The body will never use protein for more than 10% of its energy source unless it is starving and has to have glucose (the body strips a layer of glycerin of of the protein strand to make glucose). However the body is always using a combination of all three as energy. How much of which depends on the what the cell is experiencing with regards to rate of oxygen availability and what energy source is available. I am familiar with the Bitter Melon study. They take extracts from the bitter melon plant and use them in highly concentrated forms. I hope this helps, Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Wally I'm confused on bread. Wally I'm confused on bread. You said whole grains are fine for me. Does that mean whole grain bread like Subway or whole grain like Quinoa. In your last paragraph, you say to avoid flour based foods like breads. Is Subway's honey oak whole grain bread a 'flour based food'? You mentioned glycolysis as 1 of 3 major energy pathways for cells to get energy. What are the other two? It seems the more I learn, the more I don't know. Thanking you in advance Ron
Wally I'm confused on bread. Wally I'm confused on bread. You said whole grains are fine for me. Does that mean whole grain bread like Subway or whole grain like Quinoa. In your last paragraph, you say to avoid flour based foods like breads. Is Subway's honey oak whole grain bread a 'flour based food'? You mentioned glycolysis as 1 of 3 major energy pathways for cells to get energy. What are the other two? It seems the more I learn, the more I don't know. Thanking you in advance Ron
Hi Ron, yes whole grains are fine. Quinoa, oats, buckwheat and wild rice are the best whole grains in my opinion. Whole grain pasta is okay. It tends to have a lower blood sugar response than bread does. No on the bread because it is a a flour based product. Flour, even whole grain flour can turn to blood sugar quickly. However whole grain bread is much healthier than enrich or non-whole grain flours. Bread every now and then is ok. The best bread with the lowest blood sugar impact is Ezekiel bread. You will find it in the frozen bread sections at most good grocery stores. It is always at Trader Joes and Whole Foods. Ron in addition to glycolysis there is the Krebs Cycle and the Electron Transport Chain (ETC). Glycolysis is the least efficient at making energy, the Krebs cycle is next and the ETC is by far the most efficient making the most ATP from glucose and fat. Ron I feel the same way the more I learn the more I need to know. Our body's are amazing. The more I study it the more amazed at how it works. If going to Subway ask for the whole wheat and ask them to pull some of the bread out. This is a common request they get. They will actually pull part of the center of the white inside of the bread out creating more of a crust shell to hold the sandwich ingredients. This greatly lowers calories an dthe blood sugar response. I hope this helps. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
Wally - thanks for the information. I 'm putting it to work in my fight to prolong my fight against pancreatic cancer. I have another sugar question. I was in the grocery store today and I stumbled upon pound cake. The label said it had 0 grms sugar and below that it said it had 12 grms sugar alcohol. Relative to fighting cancer, does sugar alcohol raise a red flag or does cancer cells not look at sugar alcohol the way it does sugar? Ron
Ron that's a great question. Sugar alcohols are better than regular sugar regarding feeding cancer cells. They don't impact blood sugar as much. The link below will give you everything you need to know about sugar alcohols. I would pick products with Xylitol or Erythritol. They are the best in that sweetener category. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sugar-alcohols/#axzz2btP0BINm Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.