When I first read Sweet Poison (Affiliate link) by David Gillespie it really changed the way I thought about sugar. Since then, Pete and I have changed our eating habits to reduce our sugar intake and how its now just become normal for us to avoid sugar, so I thought I'd share some tips.
After reading the book and explaining it to Pete, we started really looking at all the sugar in the foods that we consume. We already didn't like to eat processed foods, so there weren't any biscuits or lollies in the house, but there were a few other products that surprised us with their sugar content.
Sneaky high sugar foods
- tomato and BBQ sauce (at 25% sugar, although some of it is fructose from the tomatoes, but sugar is also an ingredient)
- fruit juice and soft drinks
- muesli bars with dried fruit
- some crackers
- chocolate (not so much of a surprise really)
Finding low-sugar alternatives
- home-made tomato relish (or in our case, bought from the market by someone else who made it at home), at least its chunky and has some fibre, its not as sweet so its better than supermarket tomato sauce (also the colour of tomato sauce seems so unnatural now!)
- Pete bought an attachment for his beer brewing carbon dioxide bottle and now makes his own mineral water using a softdrink bottle of chilled rainwater, to which we sometimes add a splash of cordial (lime has the lowest sugar content, but choose natural colours only) - you can also use a sodastream
- no milo, sometimes plain cocoa in milk in winter is nice though :)
- fruit free muesli bars or nut bars, and sometimes I even make my own\
- Plain crackers (read the labels, its bizarre where sugar ends up!)