25 Dec 10 “Healthy” Foods Fueling Your Sugar Addiction!
It is everywhere, even in foods that we would think are healthy for us! While consuming these foods every once in awhile is fine for the average person, for someone who constantly craves sugar these 10 foods could be the culprit that is fueling your addiction. While a lot of these foods do not necessarily have added sugar, they do get transformed into sugar in your bloodstream once digested very quickly. So if you’ve been trying to avoid sugar in order to heal your cravings, you may have overlooked these sneaky guys!
1) Fruit Juice
When the juice from fruit is removed from the fibers and inner workings, all you are left with is pure sugar with very little nutrients to back it up. This makes fruit juice very high in naturally occurring sugars that go straight into your bloodstream as ONLY sugar and very little vitamins/nutrients to back it up.
2) Whole Wheat and Gluten Free Bread
White, Whole Wheat and Gluten Free Breads all contain the same thing – highly processed, refined flour. This ultra-refined state of flower allows your body to digest it as sugar much quicker than a sprouted grain/less refined bread. Want more info on carbs? Read more here.
3) Organic Foods (especially packaged ones!)
I see this mentality all the time – “it’s organic so it must be good for me!” NOPE! An organic brownie is no better for you than a regular brownie. And keep an eye out for sugars in any pre-packaged organic foods. Again, just because it is organic doesn’t mean it doesn’t have added sugars!
4) Store bought Smoothies and Vegetable Juices
Just because it has vegetables and fruit in it, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Many pre-bottled juices and smoothies have added fruit juice (see #1) and have a larger amount of fruit than vegetables. This is extremely important when selecting vegetable juice! Be sure that there is at least a 3:1 ratio of vegetables: fruit in any pre-bottled juice. Overall, with both juices and smoothies, be sure to watch out for sugar content! Your best bet? Make them at home! (Not sure how? Start here)
Yogurt is a great source of healthy probiotics, but the majority of brands have tons of added sugar. Instead, buy plain yogurt (Greek or grass-fed cow’s are best!) and add your own drizzle of raw, organic honey and/or fruit for sweetness. Read here on better probiotic alternatives.
6) Dried Fruit
These little guys are packed with sugar! Dried fruit has had the water removed, which concentrates the sugars. Half a cup of fresh cranberries contains 2g of sugar; 1/2 cup of dried cranberries contains a whopping 37g, or 9 teaspoons, of sugar. Plus, no one eats one or two dried apricots; they eat a handful, equating to five or six pieces of fruit! (More details here) If eating fruit – eat the un-dried kind.
7) Alternative Milks (Non-Dairy)
While milks like almond, soy and cashew are becoming more and more popular, and do offer a lot of great health benefits, the standard forms of them do have added sugar. Look for “Unsweetened” and you will be all set. Read here for more on non-dairy alternatives.
8) Granola/Energy/Protein Bars
90% of these guys are basically the same as eating a Snickers bar (and in some cases, a Snickers may be even better for you!) They taste so delicious because of all the added sugar. Read the labels people! And if you are looking for a snack or boost of energy – go for a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit instead.
9) Nut Butters
Check the ingredients on your favorite nut butters – yes, even the natural/organic kind that you have to stir! Many of them have added sugar. Be sure there is only one ingredient – the nut. And, when in doubt (and to save yourself money) make your own!
10) Protein Powder
A lot of protein powder is so delicious because it has tons of added sugars! Always go for brands that have no added sugars in order to not sabotage your protein game.
Getting your brain off of sugar is no piece of cake (ha!) But going cold turkey and keeping in mind these 10 foods is usually the best way to go. Also, start adding LOTS whole fruits, beans, sprouted grains, brown rice and TONS of vegetables into your diet and you will notice your cravings subsiding. I guarantee if you do your due diligence, you will be able to walk past those Oreos one day like they don’t even matter.
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