I wanted to write a quick post today to talk about sugar free recipes. I would like to share with you how to tell if by my definition the recipe is sugar free.
This is not to have a go at anyone or single out particular recipes, I realise there are many different takes on healthy eating. I’m also pretty sure no one is trying to trick you (ok except maybe the Heart Foundation and other big corporations..sorry). I just want you to be aware.
By following a low fructose (i.e. sugar free) diet, I generally avoid high fructose sweeteners such as honey, agave, dates and apple sauce. I see lots of recipes that say they are “sugar free” but have these ingredients or lots of dried fruit in them.
Based on my approach to eating, I wouldn’t term these recipes sugar free. A common term to use is “refined sugar free”, which I think makes much more sense and is more accurate!
So why am I telling you all this? Be aware of what you’re eating – if you want to make something fructose free, know what that means. Have a look at the ingredients for yourself and determine its classification.
If you find a recipe that says sugar free, but has lots of dates in it – go ahead and make it (I do use dates from time to time and purchase raw organic foods with them in it) but just be sure to treat it as exactly that – a treat to enjoy occasionally!
Don’t see the sugar free label and use that as a reason to go crazy and eat the whole thing in one sitting!
Have you ever been confused by this?!