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The Anti Sugar Diet

By Jody Braverman

You can help prevent a handful of diseases by cutting sugar out of your diet. Metabolic syndrome, heart disease and diabetes have all been linked to excess sugar intake. Cavities and weight gain are a few more good reasons to give up the white stuff. But no one said it would be easy. Sugar isn't only in the obvious places -- candy, cookies, cake and soda. It can also be hidden in some less obvious foods as well.

Diet Basics

An anti-sugar diet eschews all sources of added sugar, including table sugar, brown sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and agave syrup. It does not prohibit natural sources of sugar, such as fruit and milk, which are healthy for you because they provide essential nutrients.

What You Should Eat

Your meals and snacks should be focused around fresh, whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood, whole grains, plain dairy products and nuts and seeds. If you avoid processed foods, many of which have sugar added to them during manufacturing, you will find it much easier to follow this diet.

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Watch Out for Hidden Sources

The tricky part of the anti-sugar diet is that so many foods that you wouldn't think contain sugar do. Granola bars, cereals, flavored yogurts, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, ketchup and pasta sauce are all common sources of hidden sugars. Check labels for any of the more obvious sugar-containing ingredients. Also look for words ending in -ose, such as dextrose and maltose.

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