The recommended 50g sugar per day is quite a low target. I estimate you can just about get away with one sugary food a day (like ice-cream) if you're also eating one or two pieces of fruit and other foods that contain a little natural sugar. I think the answer is simply to eat fewer sugary foods rather than try to find 'low-sugar' foods... which are more often than not artificially sweetened. Which is as it should be really. Sugary foods are only ever meant to be an 'occasional treat' rather than a 'dietary staple'. Eat other things
You could try some frozen yogurt, feels like ice cream but it has less sugar. :P
Edit: Actually I just looked them both up and they have similar sugar levels ~_~, my bad. But frozen yogurt still has less calories! Hooray! :F
Sugar (and I assume we're talking refined sugar) is easy to cut out if you make your meals from scratch. Just avoid packaged and processed foods.
Instead of ice cream have frozen yoghurt or gelato, its about finding alternatives to what you like and as others have said the easiest way is to make your food at home, especially sauces which is renowned for being extremely high in sugar.
Original Post by tealpenguin326:
Where can I find low sugar (but not fake sugar) foods?
Eat food that exists in nature.
make your own everything, eat natural foods, and use stevia when you need to sweeten something up, that's what i do.
Stick with foods that are not processed. The less ingredients in manufacturing, the better. If you need a treat, create a fruit topping that you like and mix it wil plain yogurt.
Here are some ways I cut down on excess sugar when I gave up artificial sweeteners:
- Drink only water... no juice, soda, flavoured water.
- Slowly weened myself down on the amount of sugar I add to my morning coffee (from 2 packets of Splenda to just ~1 tsp honey)
- Switched from fruit yogurt to plain (with some added honey or agave)
- Sweetened oatmeal with just 1 tsp of sweetener (honey, agave or brown sugar)
- For treats like ice cream or homemade baked goods, I made sure I only eat ONE serving (1/2 c for ice cream, 1 muffin, etc)
- Don't buy storebought baked goods or desserts in restaurants.
Went through the same thing as you under Dr's orders;
Switched to water flavored with propel, coffee sweetened with splenda.
For ice cream; Edys or Breyers no sugar added are really good tasting - you won't even notice the difference.
For the rest I just gave it ALL up - no more cookies, cakes, candy bars, etc. Hard at first but worth it in the long run - my body doesn't crave it anymore & I can honestly say, I do not like sugar.
GOOD LUCK! and it's one of the best thing you can do for your body!!
Yeah, just read the labels on a lot of things. Like everyone else said try to cook your own foods. Some good sweet alternatives are York peppermints, and bite size snickers-try to eat 2-3 and no more with a glass on non-fat milk. In general just try to phase out sugary items, and subsitute with fruit and other things and treat yourself maybe once a week.
Stable sugar levels is much better for your health.
just read the labels and try to find alternatives. you want some ice cream? pop some vanilla yogurt into the freezer. You have to look at that as well, because sometimes "health foods" can be as chock full of sugar as the thing syou want to stay away from. This month my sugar average is 60g a day... not too bad considering i started out aroung 150g.
Last time I replied to someone on here I said this and Ill say it again, 40cal no sugar added fudsicles. I also am an icecream-a-holic, and looking foward to this chocolatey goodness keeps me away from sugar the whole day. With the exception of cereal in the am, but I keep that under 11grams. Or you can try one snack size special dark hersheys on occasion. They are delightful. But in the end I agree with staying away from sugar. Have a diet coke or and iced coffee with equal in the middle of the day if you really need something.
I have the same problem with sugar, but I don't eat a lot of sugary foods. Most of mine seems to come from my fruits as I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. I also have a stomach condition called Gastroparesis and for some reason artifial sweetner & soda upset my stomach.
It depends what your sugar is coming from. My sugar count is always really high but I don't worry about it since it almost all comes from my fruits and a little from vegetables. I hardly ever eat sweetend foods.
Skip the no-sugar added foods. You want real foods not chemicles. It has actually been shown that people crave sweets less when they eat plenty of fruit. Unless you have problems with your blood sugar I reccommend loading up on fruit and not worrying about the sugar count. At least you're getting nutrients along with it. That's what I do and I find I never crave sugar any more.