Why you shouldn’t completely cut sugar out of your diet

Why you shouldn’t completely cut sugar out of your diet

The House of Wellness x Dr Courtney (Thompson) Stewart

Food trends have recently seen sugar replacing fat as the number one evil ingredient to remove from your diet. While most Australians consume more sugar than recommended, it’s important to consider the type of sugar and what foods these come in and why you shouldn’t completely cut sugar from your diet.


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Cutting sugar entirely from your diet might seem like a straightforward solution to improving health, but it’s not necessarily the best approach. Here’s why:

Energy source: Carbohydrates, including sugars, are vital for providing energy to your body. Glucose, derived from sugars, is particularly important for fueling various bodily functions, including brain activity and muscle function.

Mental health impact: Adopting an all-or-nothing attitude towards sugar can lead to disordered eating habits and negative psychological effects like guilt and anxiety. Restricting yourself too much may increase cravings and lead to unhealthy relationships with food.

Misleading substitutes: Many sugar-free products are loaded with alternative sweeteners like rice malt syrup or maple syrup, which might seem healthier but can still contribute to excessive sugar intake. Additionally, these alternatives might not provide the same nutritional benefits as naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and dairy.

Nutritional deficiencies: Completely cutting out sugar could result in nutrient deficiencies if you don’t replace it with other sources of carbohydrates. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes offer essential nutrients and fiber that are important for overall health.

Physical symptoms: Lack of sugar intake can lead to symptoms like fatigue, irritability, headaches, dizziness, and nausea, indicating that your body isn’t getting the energy it needs to function optimally.

Instead of eliminating sugar entirely, focus on moderation and making healthier choices. Opt for naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and dairy products, and choose complex carbohydrates over refined options. Balancing your diet with a variety of nutritious foods can help you maintain energy levels and support overall well-being without the need for strict sugar restrictions.


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Dr Courtney Stewart (RNutr, FHEA)

BNutrSc, BBiomedSc(Hons), PhD
Director, NPR Consulting

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