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Sugar vs Fat

What is the difference?

· Diabetes,Diabetes Support,Blood Sugar,Carbohydrates

Sugar and fat are two of the most widely talked about dietary topics, with one of the most commonly asked questions by people with (and without) diabetes being “how much sugar or fat can I have in my diet?”


Limiting the amount of sugar we take in should be a priority for all people, not just individuals with diabetes.

Sucrose (table sugar) is a major part of some of our favourite daytime snacks like cakes and biscuits, but what many people fail to remember is that sugar is also present in a wide range of other foods.

These include:

  1. Cereals
  2. Fruit drinks and smoothies
  3. Fruit yogurts
  4. Ready meals
  5. Soups

Aside from calories, sugar provides no nutrition which is why it is often referred to as “empty calories”.

It also increases blood glucose levels quickly, which is one of the reasons why people with diabetes are advised to limit their daily intake of sugar to less than 70g a day of sugar for men and under 50g of sugar a day for women.

In fact, limiting sugar intake is a good way to start getting your blood glucose levels under control.

Cutting back on the amount of processed foods you eat is also recommended as the majority contain added sugars. But, saying no to sugary foods in an effort to restrict your sugar intake can be difficult, especially if those around you often indulge in sweet food and drink.

Sugary snacks such as energy drinks and glucose tablets are used to prevent or treat hypoglycemia, so don't worry about taking these if you are at risk of hypos!


For decades, fat has been labeled the “bad guy” in diet and nutrition. However, a number of research studies have shown that fat is no worse for us than carbohydrate. In fact, diets that are low in carbohydrate and high in fat are now widely regarded as being healthier, particularly in terms of blood glucose control and weight loss.

To conclude, avoid processed foods because they are very high in added sugars, eat healthy whole foods and exercise regularly. Simple as that! And don't forget to use the spike app for insulin reminders! 

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