Congratulations! You conquered the Fed Up Sugar Challenge.
I hope you’ve witnessed firsthand that even the most die-hard sweet tooth can get by WITHOUT SUGAR. And as we talked about this week, there are a lot of other alternatives out there to choose from. (Pure stevia being your absolute, hands-down best bet.)
But knowing this is one thing. Actually staying away from the bad stuff is a whole other ballgame. And it requires some extra vigilance in the grocery store.
Sugar imposters sneak their way into a whole lot of products. Even a few that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, like yogurt, “smart” water drinks, and chewing gum.
If you really want to make the most of your new, sugar-free life, you need to be on the lookout for more than just sugar. Hopefully, you’re already reading the label of every product you pick up. So make sure you check for any of the ingredients in the following “cheat sheet,” too.
And if you see any red flags on the list, put it back on the shelf.
Your sugar substitute cheat sheet
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)–or any of its derivatives, ending in “-ol” or “-ose”
BE WARY OF
Truvia/PureVia (combinations of stevia and sugar alcohols)
Sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol)
Palm (or coconut) sugar