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Should I follow the Zero sugar diet? - Is it safe, healthy and effective?


Nope! stay clear of this diet, it is difficult to stick to and there is no scientific evidence to support this type of diet.

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Should I follow the Zero sugar diet? - Is it safe, healthy and effective?

What is the Zero sugar diet?

Cutting out sugar is a popular diet trend. Some ‘zero sugar’ diets eliminate all types of sugars, including naturally occurring sugars, as well as added sugars. Other diets recommend eliminating one type of sugar, such as fructose (found in fruit and honey or added to some processed foods), or sucrose (table sugar). The problem with eliminating all ‘sugars’ is that it would mean eliminating some healthy nutrient-rich foods, like fruit and yoghurt. If the focus is only on removing fructose, with no restriction on other simple sugars, then you might mistakenly think you can eat or drink as much of these other “sugars” as you like – and end up with a high kilojoule intake.

What the diet says you can eat?

On most 'zero sugar' diets you can eat a variety of fresh foods, just not any that contain sugar. Promotion of fresh food over processed is a priority on these diets.

What are the potential benefits of the 'zero sugar' diet?

It is recommended that you choose fresh produce over processed foods.

What are the downsides and risks of 'zero sugar' diet?

  • Restrictive: foods such as dairy and fruit which contain important micronutrients are not consumed on this diet.
  • Some still allow particular sugars which can lead to over consumption of sugars such as glucose which can still be stored as fat if not used for energy
  • Unsupported by current scientific evidence. There is currently no literature that can validate the health benefits associated with a zero sugar diet. This is a restrictive, hard to follow diet that may result in nutritional deficiencies and that has no proven scientific benefits.
  • Potential side effects: including fatigue, nausea, changes in sleep patterns, headaches.

The bottom line:

DO NOT follow this diet.

Although there is a promotion of fresh food over processed foods, this diet is very difficult to adhere to in the long term and restricts key food groups such as fruit and dairy which are important for health. There is no scientific evidence to support this type of diet.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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