Day 1 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox is in the books. How did I do? For my first day, I did pretty well. I had my meal plan in place and I was able to stay busy so I would not think about sugar. But when I really analyzed my meals I realized how much-hidden sugar there was. EEEK
Total Sugar And Added Sugar
Because I am not focusing on calories, let’s look at the grams of sugar. Most packaging makes it really easy to see how many added grams of sugar there are. A good rule of thumb, if it is in a package, there is added sugar
The newer labels make it easier to research our processed food for sugar. So many carbohydrates and fruit have natural sugar in them. Because I am working to break my addiction to sugar, I want to choose foods that have very low natural sugar content. But even more important, I want to start realizing how much of our processed food has ADDED SUGAR. My goal being ZERO ADDED SUGAR. If you are allowing fruit in your sugar detox program, the fruit does not count towards the 6 teaspoons, 25 gms, 100 calories sugar limit.
From Diabetes Daily: What are sugar alcohols? Sugar alcohols are neither sugars nor alcohols. They are carbohydrates with a chemical structure that partially resembles sugar and partially resembles alcohol, but they don’t contain ethanol as alcoholic beverages do. … Most sugar alcohols are less sweet than sucrose; maltitol and xylitol are about as sweet as sucrose.
That being said, sugar alcohols are confusing. … A sugar alcohol, such as sorbitol or xylitol, is an incompletely absorbed carbohydrate. Since they are incompletely absorbed, you get only some of the calories, and your blood sugar goes up less than if you had had the same amount of sweetness with regular sugar.
Sugar alcohols are popular, low-calorie sweeteners. … While they are well tolerated, high amounts of some sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol, may cause bloating and diarrhea.
Many of the sugar alcohols come from natural sources and contain carbohydrates. You will find them in your toothpaste, gum, low-calorie sweeteners, and products that tout low calorie and low “net carbs”. Although good alternatives to sugar for people like diabetics that want something sweet but can not handle sugar, they are a good alternative. For me and this detox, I want to avoid anything sweet and the taste of sweet. Plus, many of these products give me gas, bloating, and diarrhea because they are poorly absorbed and ferment in the intestines.
Finally, the topic of artificial sweeteners needs to be addressed. For me on my sugar detox, these products are on the NO LIST. From the chart above, you can see that most are 200 times or more SWEETER tasting than sugar. For someone who craves the taste of sugar and what it does, this is dangerous. These became popular back in the “low carb and sugar-free craze” as they contain zero carbohydrates and no sugar. The problem comes that they taste super sweet and make you crave sweets. For me, artificial sweeteners give me headaches and diarrhea. They increase my need for more sugar. I felt so much better when I removed them from my diet.
This 21 Day Sugar Detox is very educational. You start to realize how much-hidden sugar there really is. We are a society that loves the taste of sweet and manufacturers add it any way they can. You will find it in your condiments, seasoning mixes, processed foods, and even toothpaste and mouthwash. I even found Stevia in my B12 Vitamin. Your body will help you in deciding which of these if any you allow in your diet. By eating as close to whole as possible, you can avoid these products. Labels are your friend, learn to use them wisely.
Next stop, Day 2 on my sugar detox journey…………………