In the Gutsy world, not all sugars are created equal, but what does sugar free mean?
You will find a ton of information about sugar and sugar free options in The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0, but for today, you can start here.
What Does Sugar Free Mean
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Sugar-Free vs. No Added Sugars
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are defined as such:
If a product claims to be “sugar-free,” there must be less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving. The term “no added sugars” (also worded “without added sugar”) can be used if no sugar or sugar-containing ingredient was added during processing. It is also important to mention that “reduced/less sugar” can be used when there is at least 25% less than an appropriate reference food.
What about fruit?
There is sugar in fruit (fructose), so yes, fruit has sugar. I don’t create recipes with 4 different kinds of fruit and a heaping spoonful of Vegan Coconut Whip Cream and call it “sugar-free.” For me and for what I know helps to heal the gut, that is typically too much “sugar” for the Gutsy tummy.
What are some forms of sugar/where are the sources?
Sugar can be found via many different sources and alternative names. All “natural” sugars, artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols must be avoided for a while during the initial healing stages. These include the likes of (not a 100% comprehensive list, that list can be found HERE)….
So what does sugar-free mean to you?
In order for me (or anyone else) to say that most of our recipes are truly sugar-free would to not be telling the whole truth.
For all intensive purposes, sugar-free means that most sugars are limited and that even fruit and all added sugars are removed.
If a recipe on my blog says “sugar-free,” that means it does not include even honey or fruit. In other words, there will not be many “sugar-free” recipes on my blog. The Basil and Arugula Lemon Pesto is an example of sugar free.
Remember, sugar-free for Gutsy girls typically needs to mean something a little different than for the average Joe. Our guts are more complicated, and thus require a little more tender loving care. I can’t sugar coat (pun intended) the truth about sugar for y’all. If I did, I wouldn’t be helping you heal.
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