SUGAR!

It’s the hidden sabotage in everyone’s diet. Totally makes sense too! After all, sugar is the single most popular food additive in the US, but not just tucked obviously into cakes, cookies, candy and sweets.

Sugar likes to hang out, sometimes hidden in processed foods like bread (even the whole wheat and dark-colored varieties), sauces, crackers, soups, cereals, peanut butter, meats, protein bars, and salad dressings.

It’s time to get on board with the notion that processed foods DO contain sugar.

One of the easiest and fastest ways to get sugar out of your diet is to start reading labels, yet this easy and basic skill is totally under-neglected. Education rules the day! It empowers you to cut the sugar and then to take the next step to OVERCROWD your day with naturally sweet foods…and healthier dessert items, many of which can be created within minutes from pantry and freezer staples.

Breaking up with sugar starts with awareness! 

READING FOOD LABELS

Reading food labels allows you to identify the sugar and the quantity, relative to your daily allowance, in the foods you eat. That’s critical, because sugar is hidden in nearly all packaged foods!

For reference, one teaspoon of white sugar weighs 4 grams and has 15 calories. One teaspoon of corn syrup (a leading variety of sugar) has 20 calories.

HIDDEN SUGARS

Sugar is sneaky! It comes in different forms and a variety of unique names even hidden in preservatives and fillers.

The following sweeteners load you up with calories, are high in glycemic index, and increase your blood sugar levels, but none of them provide any nutritional value!

This list of sugar names highlights the top ones used:

  • Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Brown sugar
  • Lactose
  • Molasses
  • Syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate

SUGAR LIMITS

Your daily limit for sugar is 24 grams (females) and 36 grams (males). Unfortunately, the average American consumes an average of 152 pounds of sugar annually…that’s nearly half a pound daily!

I don’t know about you, but that explains a lot. It’s the reason behind the “DIABESITY Pandemic” in America!

For reference, just 200 years ago, the average American ate only 2 pounds of sugar a year!

Cutting sugar is not as difficult as you’d initially think it might be. With some key staples in your pantry and freezer, you can turn simple, everyday ingredients into delicious and healthy desserts that even your family will love. As always, the key is not to preach and yell “health” from the rooftops. Instead, just prep and serve as always. 

Here are some of my favorite healthy dessert recipes using pantry and freezer staples: 

FUDGY BLACK BEAN BROWNIES 

BLUEBERRY LEMON ICE CREAM

HEALTHY APPLE PIE

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE FRUIT DIP

BREAKFAST COOKIES

CHOCOLATE ENERGY BITES

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BATTER HUMMUS

CHOCOLATE NUT BUTTER BANANA SHAKE

CHOCOLATE BANANA ROLL-UPS

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