Can I eat comfort foods and sugar while maintaining a healthy diet?

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Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
We understand the need for certain comfort foods and sugar on occasion; sometimes we give in to environmental cues that have us indulging in foods that provide more consolation than pure energy. By definition, comfort foods make us feel good, can lift a bad mood, and plain and simple be a form of stress relief. So in that regard sugar can be medicine, too! But there's a difference between a food that provides us immediate comfort and one that provides us lasting comfort.

The secret is to combine sugar with other ingredients so it doesn't promote body chaos and send you through swinging highs and lows. If you eat sugar after a meal rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs, or eat sugar alongside these types of hormone-friendly foods, it won't incite such a huge insulin response as it would on its own.
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