When I said one of my news year’s resolutions was to go sugar free, I was mostly thinking about sweets and chocolate. But I also had in mind to minimise the amount of food I ate that had added sugar.
Now I consider that I most eat a Paleo type diet anyway i.e. meat, veg, fruit etc and little processed food; but I have been surprised by just what sugar turns up in. Take this morning’s breakfast for example:
– cold roast chichen
– cherry tomotoes
– pickled onions
– black olives
– and a pickled gherkin
I don’t know if my sugar abstinence is making my taste buds more sensitive to sweet foods or not, but I noticed that the gherkin and pickled onions tasted a bit funny. My suspicions raised, I went to check the labels. You’ve guessed it, they both had added sugar! These are savory foods! Why is sugar being added to a savoury food? *sigh*
One of the things I’d like to do diet wise, is to cut down my consumption of fruit. Not something you hear too many people say I’m sure. On a week day however, I eat somewhere in the region of 12 portions of fruit, which make up about 80% of my daily carbohydrate intake. I’d like to get this % down and increase my intake of vegitables instead.
That job is not made easier when sugar is added to pickled veg, grrrrr! As I don’t have time to cook veg for every meal, fruit is the easy option, but what veg can be safely (and appitisingly) eaten raw I wonder? Apart from the obvious lettice / salads, any suggestions?