It may come as a surprise but many products contain sugar, including breads, crackers, salad dressings, ketchup, and mustard. The first step to cutting down on sugar is knowing which products contain sugar and how much. Mandarins and diced pears in light syrup contain 17 grams of sugar per one serving. Some snack cakes, pies, and muffin mixes have a lot of sugar. Drink powders and soft drinks are also loaded with sugar.
Soft drinks have about 11 percent sugar, but lemonade powder contains over 90 percent. Other foods that contain large amounts of sugar include dried fruits, cakes, pies, candies, and nougat. Dried fruit and fruit roll ups are loaded with sugar. Dried prunes have 38 percent sugar, dried pears are 62 percent sugar, dried raisins have 59 percent, and dates are 55 percent sugar. Flavored yogurts have more sugar than plain yogurt. You can have plain yogurt with fresh or frozen blueberries or strawberries instead of flavored yogurt.
It is helpful to know which foods contain a lot of sugar so that you can avoid them. There is a large variety of products that are low in sugar and carbohydrate content. These include meats, fish, vegetables, and nuts and seeds. Dairy products and eggs are also low in sugar. Whole grain breads and products contain healthy fiber, a small amount of fat, and some carbohydrate. Whole grains include brown rice, barley, and bulgar.
Eggs are high in fat and protein and low in carbs and sugar. Meats are also low in sugar and carbohydrate and contain protein, fat, and important minerals such as iron. If you are on a low carb diet, you can eat duck, lamb, bison, chicken, and other types of meat. You can have seafood and fish meat, including oysters, mussels, trout, and perch. Fish is high in protein and low in sugar and carbs, the only exception being cold-water fish.
Check the label before buying and avoid foods that list sugar as one of their main ingredients. Avoid products that contain agave sugar, beet sugar, brown sugar, and raw sugar. Other types of sugar include mannitol, sorbitol, high fructose corn syrup, and turbinado sugar. Instead of eating sugar-laden desserts, you can reduce the amount of sugar or choose low-carb versions. You can make low-carb, low-sugar desserts such as jello, fruit smoothies, and sorbets. Choose sugar-free jello.