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.
Refined cane sugar or beet sugar:
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:
Commercially available molasses and honey, although having the same names as unrefined molasses and honey, are also refined:
Corn syrup is a refined sweetener manufactured in an industrial process:
And any words or phrases using any of these terms:
The sugar substitutes are more unhealthy than sugar! I recommend they be avoided.
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic chemicals:
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.
By eating whole foods, you automatically are spared refined sugar, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, other food additives, and refined grains.