In truth it should be low fructose, grain free. It is in fact the fructose part of sugar which can cause health problems. I will leave the authors of the thousands of web sites expounding the dangers of fructose to give you the facts. I am here to relate my journey only.
Sugar is not the only high fructose ingredient we have to watch out for. There is a long list and many of them are used instead of sugar to sweeten food which can then be called ‘naturally’ sweetened.
Look out for foods which are sweetened with honey, maple syrup and high fructose corn syrup. Also beware of anything sweetened with raw dried fruits such as dates or sultanas.
I get more than a little peeved when I come across a recipe which reports that it is ‘sugar free’ but with further investigation is chock full of dried fruit. Dried fruit may be without sugar in the white crystallised form we all know but they don’t fall too far behind their evil cousin when it comes to fructose content.
I have set myself a goal of trying to keep the fructose I have each day to a minimum. I allow myself about as much fructose as what would be found in two to three pieces of fruit most which I get from berries and vegetables.
The fructose in fruit comes densely packaged with fiber and water so is more easily digested. I tend to stick to fruits with less than half their sugar in the form of fructose such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwifruit and citrus while avoiding those higher in fructose such as apples, mangoes and watermelons.
I won’t say it is easy, it isn’t but as I go further down this path I am more convinced that I am doing the right thing for me. I feel better than I have in a long time and I am finally losing a few kilos around my middle that have been bugging me. I work hard at sticking to my plan but know there will be times when it will be difficult such as eating out in restaurants or at friends’ houses. Then I will choose the best alternative available and not get too tied up in chastising myself for deviating. To stress about something as unimportant as not sticking to a diet I am sure would be worse for my health than the extra fructose consumed.
Have you ever cut out sugar or grains from your diet. I would love to know how you managed.