Where to start when you 'Shun the Sugar'
Sugar has been labeled by many as a toxin, and for good reason. It’s related to diseases that dominate our healthcare system, such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Many people don’t realize that these diseases can usually be reversed through simple dietary measures.
Firstly, it is important to start to understand what sugar is, and where it is unknowingly lurking in the foods you eat. Start by scouring your pantry and fridge and begin to familiarize yourself with the ingredient listings on the packages.
Begin by donating or tossing the foods that you know contain tempting sugar. Then, pay special attention to canned foods and packaged items, which are often the worst offenders. Foods that you wouldn't normally think have a high content of sugar, often sneak in large amounts like tomato pasta sauce, conventional peanut butter, low fat yoghurt, bread, and the list goes on...
Secondly, if you’re not sure it’s sugar, use this list of fancy names to identify the addictive, elusive ingredient. It’s referred to in many different ways, but at the end of the day, it’s all sugar:
- Corn Syrup/High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Cane Sugar
- Dehydrated Cane Juice
- Raw Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Turbinado's Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Palm Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, erythritol
Sometimes, some our favorite 'health' foods are the real cuprits as they're loaded with the toxic sweet stuff. Usually we're unaware because manufacturers hide it in the label or use synthetic sugar alternatives to mask multiple sugar sources in their ingredients. No bueno!
When I share this with my clients, they often ask, “What’s left to eat?” The answer is heaps!. Next time you’re at the grocery store, choose whole, unprocessed foods free of lengthy nutrition labels. When was the last time you saw an ingredient list on a head of broccoli?
Go for these naturally sugar-free, delicious WHOLE food options:
- Whole grains
Remember: Whole foods are what belong in your whole body. Keeping your pantry and fridge stocked with colorful, fresh, healthy food is step one. Set yourself up for success!
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