If you’re on a low-sugar diet because table sugar and high-fructose syrup give you hypoglycemic reactions such as brain-fog and fatigue, there’s a possibility that you might not have to avoid eating sweets all together. Some people’s bodies can tolerate certain sweeteners better than they can tolerate others. To use myself as an example: my own blood sugar levels don’t seem to rise when I have food sweetened with fructose (not high-fructose corn syrup, but the crystallized type one can buy in a bag, like this one sold by Now Foods.) Also, honey gives me brain-fog, but agave nectar does not. Agave is also liked in the vegan community as a substitute for honey, as many feel that harvesting honey exploits bees.
Agave is said to be more caloric than table sugar, however, and its health benefits on a whole are debatable. Frankly, doing research on it did make me cut down on it myself, as I used to sweeten drinks with it but have switched to Stevia instead for health and weight-loss purposes, See Dr. Jonny Bowden’s Debunking the Blue Agave Myth
at the Huffington Post
(04/17/2010) to get details on the controversy.
Like many sweeteners, when eaten in moderation, however, it can be wonderful, and a true diet-saver for those of us whose bodies can’t tolerate the “harder,” more commonly-used sugars. It’s worth trying out and, if it works for your particular body, adding foods made from it to your low-sugar arsenal.
Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausages
It’s hard to find a sausage sans sugar, but these are pretty darn good.
For a quick meal, we fry them up and serve with sides such as apples, avocados, and wheat bread.
INGREDIENTS: CHICKEN, DRIED APPLES, SALT, FRUIT JUICE CONCENTRATE (APPLE, PINEAPPLE, PEAR, AND PEACH), SPICES AND CELERY POWDER, IN A PORK CASING.
I”d of course love to make some sort of “that’s no bologna” crack about Hebrew National Beef Bologna,
which is sugar-free. That would go against the point that I want to make, though, which is that this IS bologna, probably the only bologna on the market that doesn’t have sugar in it, and that it tastes like…bologna. Good bologna. And that it helps prove that cold cuts don’t have to have sugar added to them to taste good. (Though most other cold cuts do have sugar added to them, unfortunately….)
Calories for 2 slices: 170. Find more nutrition information here.
Looking for a good-tasting raisin bran with raisins that aren’t coated with sugar? (Why oh why oh why do so many brands cover their raisins with unnecessary sugar?!) Go with Erewhon Raisin Brand.
Bonus: a small bowl is usually enough to satisfy–I tend to binge on cereal myself when I can, but this fills me up quickly so I’m much less tempted to over-eat.
(Not super-easy to find in stores but one can buy it on Amazon.)
Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
A guest at our latest dinner party gathering, assigned a salad, was kind enough to seek out a low-sugar salad dressing. Foodie-friends (ones who won’t eat anything other than the best stuff) suggested this one. I believe he found it at Stop n’ Shop. The sweetener in it is pineapple juice.
Ingredients: Reduced acid pineapple juice from concentrate (water, reduced acid pineapple juice, concentrate), Balsamic Vinegar, Natural Flavor, Salt, Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Red Bell Pepper, Onion, Flax Seed Oil, Spice
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp