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A Food by Any Other Name

Would taste as sweet.

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Did I just kinda quote Shakespere? Thanks English 10.

One thing that is tough about the Whole 30 Challenge, 21 Day Sugar Detox, or any other sugar eliminating challenge is the countless hours spent reading ingredient lists. Some products you just know it isn’t even worth reading the ingredients, but there are some out there that rational thinking says “don’t worry about it” then they let you down faster than a partner that doesn’t show up for a training ride.

I got to thinking yesterday that I would write down some of the products that fit that category. Some have the potential to be Whole 30 compliant, and some just make me wonder “what is the point of adding sugar to that?”.

Taco Seasoning
Yeah, a spice package with the first ingredient being Maltodextrin. If that isn’t bad enough, the fifth ingredient is sugar. No wonder it always makes taco Tuesday at our house popular.

Whole Wheat Bread
Nothing to worry about on a Whole 30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox, but marketed as ‘healthy’, glucose-fructose/sugar is the second ingredient. In the Paleo community, this isn’t helping the case for bread.

Tomato Sauce
Some of the brands I have looked at have more sugar than a piece of fruit. This is one where I feel it isn’t needed. We found one with no sugar added, and it is actually the best sauce we have tasted yet.

Bacon
Not taking into account that Bacon it typically sourced from less than ideal hogs with horrible living conditions and highly medicated, where all of the toxins are stored in the fat (which is 60% of Bacon), it is packaged with both sugar and nitrates. Sorry for the rant, I am still a little disappointed that Bacon is so bad, but soooo good.

Sriracha
Hot sauce, yeah, hot sauce; second ingredient is sugar. I thought I could use it to spice up a plate of vegetables, or top some fried eggs with. Not so much.

One of the most important things I have learnt from all of this sugar research, not all sugar is created equal. Here in Canada, hiding under the label of glucose-fructose is High Fructose Corn Syrup. HFCS has a whole list of issues that I care not to write about, seeing as my education can’t be further from what is needed to do so properly. Check out this link, or this one, if you want some more detailed information.

If food companies try to hide sugar by masking the name of it in the ingredient listing, then it throws up a red flag. We stay away from the stuff.

So be diligent with your ingredient lists people.

Question: Have you come across any surprising products?

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2 responses

  1. Can’t mess with bacon man. It is what it is – doesn’t matter how it’s made, as long as it’s made. Should be its own element on the periodic chart.

    September 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    • I agree. It is top of my list to eat after my Whole 30 challenge is done.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

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