No added natural or artificial sweeteners of any kind for 21 days!

no-sugarThis includes ALL sweeteners such as honey, stevia, pure maple syrup, molasses or agave nectar. Fruits, vegetables and foods that come from the earth do not have any added sugars, so enjoy them. The key word is added. No loopholes, no exceptions: zero added sweeteners for 21 days.

Read the ingredient list! All sweeteners listed below are off limits for the challenge, so learn the hidden sources of sugar below. In general, avoid foods with the words “sugar”, “syrup”, “juice” or anything ending in “-ose” in the ingredients.

Names for Sugar:

Barley malt
Buttered syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane juice
Caramel
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Carob syrup
Dextran
Dextrose
Diastatic malt
Diatase
Ethyl maltol
Evaporate cane juice solids
Fructose
Fruit juice concentrate
Galactose
Glucose
Glucose solids
Golden syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Honey
Lactose
Maltodextrin
Maltose
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Molasses
Panocha
Rice syrup
Sorbitol
Sucrose
Treacle

In terms of a shopping list, it’s easy! Buy fresh foods that don’t come in packages. These include, but are not limited to fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, plain nuts, plain seeds, beans, whole grains (that you have to boil) and oils.

Check out the list below for some grocery staples to which you may need to give a second look. Many brands will contain sugar, but some will not. Plan to spend a little extra time in the grocery store these 3 weeks.

Beware! These Foods May Have Sugar:

Almond Milk
Soy Milk
Yogurt
Marinara Sauce
Salsa
Hot Sauce (siracha has sugar)
BBQ Sauce
Salad Dressings
Deli Meat
Rotisserie Chickens
Any Pre-Marinated/Seasoned Meat
Baked Beans
Packaged Oatmeal
Cereals
Bread
Crackers
Peanut Butter