? asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsDiabetes · 9 years ago

Sugar grams? How many sugar grams should I eat per day?

In regards to fruit, how many sugar grams should I consume? I try to eat around 10-11 grams of added sugar a day; I eat healthy. I just wanted to know how many grams of sugar from fruit should I consume being that fruit has so much sugar in a daily recommended of 1- 1-1/2 cups of it. And how many grams of vegetable sugar grams should I eat? I am 26 years old, 100 pounds, 5'2.

I hear that I should eat 50 to 60 to even 80 grams from researching on the web... But that sounds too small (50 grams) because I like nuts like almonds and raisins and berries. Are nut sugar grams considered regular sugar or should I add that to the 50-80 grams of natural sugar?



Fruit Intake:

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2 cups of fruit daily is recommended if you are a male age 14 or older. For adult women, the recommendation is 2 cups of fruit daily from age 19 through 30 and 1 1/2 cups after age 30.


A report released in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO) urges people to limit their daily consumption of free (added) sugars to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake (Diet Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases; TRS916). This recommendation adds up to approximately 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of added (free) sugar a day based on an average 2000-calorie diet

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Fruits mostly have fructose. Sugar is a different carbohydrate. Glucose is yet again different (it has the most basic molecule structure). The later is consumed by diabetics to avert hypoglycemia.

    Otherwise unless you have a serious illness that strictly makes you eat according to a diet (diabetes is not such an illness as you can eat whatever you wish as long as you know how to counter the carbs) there is no real diet on these things.

    The only thing you need to know if you are healthy is that a healthy diet includes NOT eating lots of junk food like hamburgers and french fries.

    A healthy diet is when you eat a bit of everything. So anyone who says that eating only vegetables and fruits for example, will be actually giving you a bad tip. For example, even though I am diabetic all I do is look at the carbs I eat. I do not limit them in any way, but I just calculate them so I know how much insulin to use.

    Source(s): Type 1 diabetic. Read loads of diet "tips". Most are rubbish and have been eating whatever I fancy (not abusing the sweets or fat food like hamburgers) and am still healthy.
    • ?4 years agoReport

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  • 4 years ago

    You are trying to compare apples and oranges.(smile) 25% of your calories should come from carbohydrates. Carbs may have simple sugars in them or they may not. Choosing carbs that have more complex sugars is best. Example: Rice and potatoes are burned mostly as simple sugar so they are not good for you. You can have them but you have to control how much. Sweet potatoes have lots of fiber and have more complex sugars and therefore you can have more. There are numerous online resources to help you plan your meals. Try and take a nutrition class. Learning how to choose the right foods can be daunting but once you understand how to count your carbs, life will be easier. Make sure you get adequate protein because it is very important as well. Even some fat is necessary. Depending on your weight you may need more calories than 1500. They had me on 2000 and upped it to 2200. That is tooooooo much food if you follow the guidelines! As long as I do what the dietitian tells me I loose about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs a week. I don't always meet that goal, but I make sure I don't have too many carbs. I know this is confusing. The web sites below will help you get started. Good luck on your journey.

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  • Hi
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Don't count natural sugars. Maybe limit to 50 grams of manufactured sugar.

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  • Tabea
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    If you have diabetes, then all food that contains carbohydrate should be eaten in moderation. Sugar is a carbohydrate so it should hence be eaten in moderation.

    If you do not have diabetes, then I don't understand why you are asking this question. Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes. But sugar is nutritionally fairly useless and most people eat too much of it.

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