Sugar Free Diet

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A sugar free diet simply means eating no refined sugars. You can eat anything else.

We know that table sugar and desserts are made with sugar.

It is less obvious that refined sugar is an ingredient, sometimes a hidden ingredient, in many supermarket foods. To be sugar free, you need to read the ingredient lists on food labels. Refined sugars go by many different names.

Names For Refined Sugars

Refined cane sugar or beet sugar:

  • Sucrose

Other refined sugars have the same names as natural sugars, but don't be fooled! When they are used as ingredients, the substances used are refined and unnatural food additives:

  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Maltose

Commercially available molasses and honey, although having the same names as unrefined molasses and honey, are also refined:

  • Molasses
  • Honey

Corn syrup is a refined sweetener manufactured in an industrial process:

  • Corn syrup
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

And any words or phrases using any of these terms:

  • Dextrin
  • Malt
  • Sugar
  • Sweetener
  • Syrup

Sugar Substitutes

The sugar substitutes are more unhealthy than sugar! I recommend they be avoided.

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic chemicals:

  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Aspartame
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin
  • Sucralose

Sugar alcohols are neither sugars nor alcohols; however, they are indigestible and notorious for causing diarrhea. They are frequently used in sugar-free desserts intended for diabetics. I did not soon forget the diarrhea caused by cookies made with mannitol.

Sugar alcohols:

  • Erythritol
  • Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
  • Isomalt
  • Lactilol
  • Mannitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol

Whole Food Diet

By eating whole foods, you automatically are spared refined sugar, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, other food additives, and refined grains.

Any steps you take to eat better-quality, healthier foods (described in Breaking Sugar Addiction will help you avoid sugar withdrawal and increase your ability to remain sugar free.

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