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micro nutrients suar definition jasonmatthewburton — Jun 10, 2018 01:53PM PDT

On myfitnesspal carbs are listed and already populated based on recommendations/my goals. On my settings/goals I see fiber (38g) and sugar (66 grams) as my recommended intake per day. My total recommended of carbs per day is 221g. 38g + 66g = 104 g, which is way below the 221 g recommendation. My question is: the 66 grams of "sugar" is that meaning refined sugar? The other 117 gram are digestible "carbs" that are not fiber or refined sugars? Is that correct? Also I read somewhere only 150 cal or 37 grams of refined sugars are recommended each day.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jun 12, 2018 04:35PM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Our baseline recommendations are based on Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. For more information on how MyFitnessPal sets goals, you can refer to our article here. Please also remember that if you are receiving guidance from a physician or registered dietician, you can manually set your goals here or in the apps.

Following the recommendations to increase fruit and vegetable intake in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, and using an average of the sugar found of sample menus provided by the USDA, recommended sugar intake limits have been set to 15% of total calories. This includes refined and “natural” sugars, and reflects our recommendation for total dietary sugar intake. We don’t currently break this down between added sugars and natural sugars.

Dietary fiber and sugar are components of the total carb goal. Any amount of carbs not covered by fiber and sugar will come from digestible carbs

The goals that MyFitnessPal will set for you are recommendations only. If you have any questions about these numbers’ appropriateness for your personal situation and health and fitness goals, we encourage you to review them with a doctor or dietician.

Hope this helps,

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