Avoiding sugar can take quite a toll on your diet plan. It’s just not the craving for sugar but also the discovery that your favorite salad dressing has more than the recommended daily sugar intake. Research suggests that sugar contributes to many health problems including obesity and diabetes. Giving away sugar is much easier said than done. Since there is sugar hidden in my packaged and processed foods, it becomes quite tricky to track and limit sugar intake.
As a healthy entrepreneur coach, I would suggest reading and research some low-sugar food options:
Fruits and Vegetables
While fruits and vegetables are one of the healthiest of the food types, many of them still contain high sugar and some have a high impact on blood sugar levels. Go for dark, leafy vegetables such as cucumbers, spinach, kale, lettuce, green beans, and bell peppers. Mix them up with melons and berries. You’d do well to avoid vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, and beets. Go easy on fruits like bananas, watermelon, pineapples, mangoes, and raisins.
Most of the meat that you are already consuming is completely free of sugar. You can eat fish, beef, pork, and chicken without adding any inches to your love handles. Avoid processed and pre-marinated meat, like bacon and sausages, since they have been injected with sugars and artificial flavors. For meat, it’s best to go natural. Buy local and fresh cut meat. Remember, not to go overboard with your meat consumption. Meat still contains a lot of fat, and that’s best eaten in moderation.
A whole egg has less than one gram of sugar. Eggs are naturally high in protein and low in sugar content. Go eggilicious with your breakfast. Make yourself some omelette with lots of leafy green vegetables. Make it more interesting with some good old cheese. Most cheeses like Ricotta and Cottage Cheese contain less than one gram of sugar. Milk contains a little more amount of sugar, even the low-fat ones.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and Seeds are a good source of low sugar snacks. It’s the usually the cravings between meals when we go nuts with crisp packets and even chocolate bars. Keep a jar of most almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and hazelnuts to munch away that sugar yen. You can mix them up with some sunflower, pumpkin or chia seeds.
They are a lot of food options if you want to go down the low-sugar path. My advice is always to research and read before adding foods in your daily diet. The zero-fat cereal bars could be hiding a sugar avalanche. That’s because manufacturers add sugar to improve the taste and texture of the food. It’s best to watch out for:
- Pre-packed savory soups and sauces. Most of them have around 4-5 tablespoons of sugar added to them.
- Soft drinks and energy drinks. These contain more than 7 teaspoons or more of sugar per serving.
- Natural foods that have gone through the factory.
- Breakfast Cereals. Don’t let the label fool you. Even the healthy ones have a little too much sugar in them. Always read the nutrition facts before buying.
- The innocent looking fruit yogurts, with their fresh feel, usually contain 19 grams of sugar per serving.
- The instant lift you get from energy drinks comes from 25 grams of sugar in every 8-ounce serving.
Shocked? You’d be surprised at the heaps of sugar hiding in the diet aisles. I would suggest making it a habit of reading labels. Also, stick to these low-sugar foods. In just a week, you’ll feel a bouncy difference in your life. You may even crave for healthy food once they detoxify your taste buds.
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