Sugar, sugar alcohol, artificial sweeteners, etc.

So one of America’s favorite food groups came up last at our workout, and again this morning, so it must be time to discuss…

Actually, wait, it’s not a food group, and your body does NOT need it, in any form.  We just crave it, because food companies know that when they sneak it in, we will get hooked and come back for more.  So read those labels!  It’s everywhere – in your ketchup, dressing, etc.  (Although they do now make a ketchup with no high fructose corn syrup – just regular sugar from a cane plant – better for you, but not for this week).

So what kinds of sugar are ok?  If you have to, stick with honey this week.  Or stevia is ok.  Not great still, but ok.  anything that ends in “ose” is out – fake sugar.  Your body does not know what to do with these chemicals.  And lastly, Brad asked me about sugar alcohol and here is what the ADA (click for site) says about it:

  • When you’re considering foods with low- or reduced-calorie sweeteners, always check the Nutrition Facts on the label. Many of the food products containing these types of sweeteners still have a significant amount of carbohydrate, calories and fat, so never consider them a “free food” without checking the label. By comparing the calories in the sugar-free version to the regular version, you’ll see whether you’re really getting fewer calories.
  • You’ll also want to compare the fat content of the labels. There is often more saturated and or trans fat in sugar free baked products.
  • Sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect or other gastric symptoms in some people, especially in children.
  • Some people prefer to use the regular version of a food and cut back on the serving size instead of buying the sugar-free version.

In short, just eat REAL FOOD.  If it comes from a package, it is most likely not for this week, and not worth it in general.  If you are hungry or hangry this week, this is because you are used to reaching for food that is not real (cheez-its, crap in your pantry, etc.)  For a snack, when you start looking in the fridge for real food and not the pantry, you are getting it.  Besides your olive oil and that type of thing, what real food is really in your pantry???  It’s like the middle of the grocery store.  Shop the perimeter for the healthy stuff…the middle of the store is why America is so obese.



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