March 25, 2010

Say it Aint So

There are the obvious things you can't eat when you say you aren't going to eat sugar.

Cake, umm yah

Candy bars, check

Fruit snacks, gotcha

Then there is the not so obvious things you can't eat when you say you aren't going to eat sugar. Brent and I spent close to two hours in Costco today and pretty much came out with next to nothing. The rule is that sugar, and those ingredients that we know are sugar even if it uses a fancy word to try and disguise the sugar, can not be in the first two ingredients.

This post is going to be my I can't believe how much sugar is in that post. I'm going to keep a list of items that I'm kind of shocked have sugar in the first two ingredients.

  • Yogurt. 

I knew that light yogurt was high in sugar but I assumed regular yogurt was not. Turns out that pretty much all yogurt list sugar as the second ingredient. Well every yogurt that Costco sells. Which, included "Activia" the commercial says it is the healthy yogurt, well maybe, but there is a lot of sugar in that healthy yogurt.

  • Beef Jerky

We couldn't find one brand of beef or turkey jerky where sugar was not the second ingredient.

  • Health Bars

Sugar second ingredient

I'm starting to think that this no sugar thing is going to be a lot more challenging than I initially believed.


4kidsandcrazy said...

I did the carb.addicts diet and that was the rule, sugar down on the ingredients. Basically you can eat veggies, but not all, because a lot of those have natural sugar, and meat. Good luck with that.

Me, Myself and I said...

Yogurt? Really? NOOOOOOOO.

The no-sugar thing may be harder than you expected, but from what I hear it's totally worth it.

Krissi said...

I have to admit after two hours in Costco I'm get a little nervous that we are in over our head

Angie said...

Good luck to ya! Not a huge fan of all things sugar myself, but occasionally it's good.

I was more intrigued by the title of your post - now I'm gonna be singing "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer all day long! Thanks a whole lot!!!!! No, it's okay. Great song. :)

Heather Bowles said...

I have a list of 101 different names food companies give sugar to hide it in the ing. list. It is crazy. Some are pretty obvious, but some I would have never guessed. I would say don't worry about things that have natural sugar in them, like fruit and those types of natural forming sugars. You can do it. It will get easier.

Angie said...

Krissi - Heinz ketchup has sugar as the third ingredient. Honest to goodness. So don't rule out the goodness of ketchup. Plus you get the benefits of lycopene. Seriously. Look it up if you don't believe me. GO HEINZ!!!!!

kathryn said...

Oh, no. So, this is gonna be harder than you'd thought.

My mom always used to say that if it tastes good, it's probably bad for you. I was surprised to discover how high sugar was on the list of ingredients for our favorite spaghetti sauce....