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    I have some Indian curry paste. It has 1 gram of sugar per serving (and the serving size is 2 tablespoons.)

    This is unlikely to hurt me right? I mean one green bell pepper is 3.0 grams of sugars.

    Or is it the case that Sucrose is just far worse than any other forms of sugar like fructose for example?


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    What are the ingredients? All sugar is not created equal. The kind in a bell pepper is not the same as cane sugar.


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    There are polysaccharides, disaccarides, and monosaccharides. From my research polysaccharides and disaccarides (like bread and such) ferment longer in the gut, where monosaccharides can absorb more quickly. Polysaccharides and disaccharides are longer chains and take longer to break down whereas monosaccharides absorb more quickly. For someone with Candida, monosaccharides are not ideal because it means the Candida can absorb more quickly, and depending on where it has grown to e.g. moved its way into your small intestine, it can be bad eating sugar. From my understanding, Candida is typically located in the colon, but it works its way up into the small intestine and else where, sometimes even in the mouth when it gets pathogenic. If it is not within your small intestine, monosaccharides in small amounts I presume would be absorbed before they hit the colon. I would try to avoid sugar in general and when things become manageable and never eat processed sugar if you can keep from it. Since we don’t have probes to tell, and we are all going based on best guesses and presumptions, its best to just avoid them until you get a feel for whats going on. I don’t think 1 gram will kill you so long as your meal is small. I see there are three versions of this diet, that range from the very restricted diet being 15-20 grams restriction each day of carbs to the higher end of 100-125 for the less restricted diet.

    My theory is that if you eat a small amount of food at a time, your body can better break it down. When you eat tons of food in one sitting, you can transfer undigested food into various areas in your intestinal tract and if it has a little bit of sugar still in this mush, you feed pathogenic microbes. Until recently, I’ve followed this rule and have had good results compared to how I would eat before. The problem with the Candida diet and GAPs diets is they make you hungry and can make you want to ear larger portions. You have to be careful because of it not all properly being digested right. We already have compromised digestion as it is.


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    A good way to avoid what you’re talking about, Max, is to eat several small meals throughout the day. I definitely feel weird reactions and symptoms when I overeat; it feels the same as if I ate something I have an intolerance to, but after reading your reply, now it makes sense! Thanks 😀

    Basically though, you want to just avoid any ingredients on a label that say sugar…cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, agave, honey, corn syrup, fructose, glucose, (anything -ose), etc.


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    *Keep in mind that all types should be avoided on the Candida diet, but as Maxtoobad explains, the monosaccharides are the most dangerous, followed by disaccharides, followed by polysaccharides.*

    Have a chemical formula of C6H12O6.
    -the basic unit of carbohydrates
    -the simplest form of sugar


    – (aka Fruit Sugar)
    – Main sources are: honey and fruits

    – Important because this is the form of sugar used by the human body for energy. We convert all carbs and sugars into glucose through digestive process.
    – Main sources are: ripe fruits, onion, beetroots, various other vegetation

    – One of the two monosaccharides that make up lactose
    – Main sources are: mammal’s milk

    Have the chemical formula C12H22O11, consist of two monosaccharides which are joined by the process of dehydration synthesis (during while a molecule of water is formed)
    -water soluble
    -broken down into glucose by the body


    Maltose (aka Malt Sugar)
    – Comprised of TWO glucose molecules.
    – Main sources are: barley, cereals

    – Comprised of ONE glucose molecule and ONE galactose molecule.
    – Main sources are: mammal’s milk

    Sucrose (aka Common/Cane Sugar)
    – Comprised of ONE glucose molecule and ONE fructose molecule.
    – Main sources are: sugar cane, sugar beet, some fruits/veggies

    Consist of 3 “or a few more” (so up to around 10) monosaccharides attached together, but not very many of monosaccharide units joined together (long chains would be polysaccharides)
    -only partially digestible by humans
    -may feed beneficial microflora, but may also feed bad bacteria


    – (aka fructo-oligosaccharides)
    – Short chains of fructose molecules.
    – Main sources are: artichoke, burdock, chickory, leeks, onions, asparagus

    – (aka galactooligosaccharides)
    – Short chains of galactose molecules.
    – Main sources are: soybeans

    – (aka mannan oligosaccharides)
    – Used in some animal feeds
    – Main sources are: dried brewer’s yeast

    Polymers of carbohydrates, three or more monosaccharides joined together through the process of dehydration synthesis.
    -soluble in cold water


    – Long chains of glucose. Forms structure of some plants.
    – Indigestible by humans, and therefore a good source of DIETARY FIBER and cleans your colon.
    – Main sources are: green plants

    – Long chains of glucose, formed by plants during photosynthesis.
    – Main sources: plant based food sources, such as root veggies (potatoes), cereals, and pulses.

    – This is a MORE SOLUBLE form of starch.
    – Made when starch product is toasted or baked.
    – Main sources are: bread, potatoes

    – Forms a gel in water
    – Used in jams and sweet foods
    – Main sources are: plums, apples

    – Stored form of glucose
    – This is the form of sugar our body stores for energy.

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    1 gram of sugar, even if its honey or cane sugar, isn’t worth worrying about in my opinion because a head of lettuce contains 3 grams of sugar.


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