Do you eat too much sugar? Are sugar free foods healthier? How much added sugar is recommended for a healthy diet? Which sugar substitutes are the best to consume? How do I find added sugars on the nutrition facts label?

Are you often perplexed by the terms “sugar-free,” “added sugar,” and the ongoing debate between natural and artificial sweeteners? In this comprehensive blog post,

Demystifying Sweeteners

So many questions about sugar and sugar-free products it can get confusing when you are looking for the best product.

My goal for this podcast is to help you STRESS LESS about sugar and aim to demystify these sweet intricacies and help you to make informed choices for a healthier relationship with sweetness.

I give you the cliff notes version about added sugars and sugar-free foods in a balanced diet.

In this episode you will learn about:

  1. What is a sugar free product?
  2. What to consider when talking about sugar free substitutes
  3. How to find added sugars on a nutrition facts label
  4. What is the recommended amount of added sugar for men and women?
  5. What foods contain natural sugars, and should I delete them in my diet?
  6. How to satisfy my cravings when I have massive, sweet tooth 🙂

American Heart Association ⁠”How Much Sugar Is Too Much?”⁠ article.

In this episode, I talked about some of my favorite products, here are the pictures below.

My Favorite Bread

This bread is found at Aldi. Only 80 calories per slice with 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein, no added sugar is found in this product. It is made from sprouted barley, millet, and garbanzo beans.

I LOVE the flavor of this bread toasted with a little bit of butter spread on top!

Sweet Kefir + Probiotics

Kefir has 12 live active cultures of healthy bacteria. This kefir is sweetened with 8 grams of added sugar plus 10 grams of protein per serving. Adding rich sources of probiotics may help improve immune system and gut health.

I love having this after a meal or add it with frozen fruits and veggie and make into a smoothie.

Understanding Sugar-Free

The term “sugar-free” can be misleading. While products labeled as such may not contain sucrose (table sugar), they can still include alternative sweeteners. Dive into the nuances of sugar alcohols, stevia, or monk fruit, commonly used to replace sugar in various products. Learn how to decipher labels and make choices aligned with your dietary preferences and health goals.

Decoding Added Sugar

Added sugars are the sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation. Discover how to identify added sugars in ingredient lists, as they can hide under different names. Understanding the distinction between naturally occurring sugars and those added to enhance flavor can help you make conscious choices for a balanced diet.

Navigating Sweetener Labels

Unravel the complexity of sweetener labels. From zero-calorie claims to “diet-friendly” assertions, we’ll guide you through the marketing jargon and help you understand the impact of different sweeteners on your health. Arm yourself with knowledge to make choices that align with your wellness goals.

Balancing Sweetness in Your Diet

Ultimately, a balanced approach to sweetness involves mindfulness and moderation. Learn how to incorporate sweetness into your diet without overindulging in added sugars. We’ll share tips for savoring naturally sweet foods and finding the right balance between satisfying your sweet tooth and nourishing your body.

Whether you’re seeking a sugar-free lifestyle, trying to identify and reduce added sugars, or contemplating the natural vs. artificial sweetener dilemma, this episode will give you the knowledge to make informed choices, and embrace a sweeter, healthier journey. 🍬🌱 #SweetenerGuide #SugarFreeLiving #HealthyChoices