Going sugar-free seems to be on everyone’s lips right now and it’s becoming almost fashionable to be reducing the amount of sugar we’re eating. Not just fashionable, it’s a wise dietary choice especially when you consider how many foods we are eating and drinks we’re drinking on a regular basis that contain moocher sugar than we gave them credit for.
High sugar foods are generally foods that offer very little in the form of nutrition. That chocolate bar will taste good and give you a sugar / energy burst in the middle of the afternoon but good nutrition, it offers very little of.
At the same time, it’s not wise to cut an entire food group out of your diet so going entirely sugar-free isn’t a realistic option. Your body needs sugar (glucose) for many things. It actually occurs naturally in a number of foods including plant-juices, fruits, honey, cane sugars, root vegetables and more but according to the WHO (World Health Organization), “added sugar” should make up ten percent of our daily calories or fewer.
Added sugar is in many things we eat these days and the higher up the list of ingredients it is, the higher the percentage of recipe it makes up. If sugar is the first thing on the list, this is the most abundant ingredient but you’d want it to be as far DOWN the list as possible to ensure you’re not going over your healthy quota of 10%.
Sugar is known by a number of other things and on the ingredients list, it might be called one of the following – beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, corn sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, galactose, glucose, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, sorbitol, sucrose and white sugar.
That’s a lot of different names!
The good news is that you can get a lot of good sugars your body needs to convert into glucose without the need for that empty sugar content. Fruit and other natural foods also contain sugar.
The fruits that contain the highest sugar content include:
- Dried fruits – prunes, apricots, dates and raisins
The best low sugar foods include: