#NoSugarChallenge: How Reading Food Labels Saved Me from Eating Sugar
Day 4! Thanks to my discovery of sugar-free carrot cake, today I was feeling fairly satisfied after biting into it. So satisfied that I could easily walk past the confectionary rack at work during lunch hours. The day at work went off smoothly and I reached home early to take my mom for grocery shopping. Label Wise
Day 4! Thanks to my discovery of sugar-free carrot cake, today I was feeling fairly satisfied after biting into it. So satisfied that I could easily walk past the confectionary rack at work during lunch hours. The day at work went off smoothly and I reached home early to take my mom for grocery shopping.
Ever since I took up the sugar-free lifestyle challenge, I have developed a habit of checking out food labels of every packet that I eat from. Since Day 1, I have learned about numerous items that have hidden sugar. It was a shock to discover these at first, I’ll be honest. I mean, who could have ever imagined Schezwan sauce having sugar in it? Not me for sure!
I have always loved tagging along with my mother for grocery shopping as most of my sweet treats go undetected through her eyes. But today was different. I was determined to find only no-sugar options from the store. To my surprise, banana chips, one of my favourite snacks did not have added sugar and I jumped with joy! Quite literally in fact, which ended up entertaining the crowd for a short time! I began feeling lucky and moved on to pick up packs of healthy digestive biscuits, only to realise that there was nothing healthy about these biscuits. Also, these biscuits were not completely made of whole wheat. Oh well, you can’t dance for the crowd every time!
Let Down by Healthy Juice
With no one to address my distress, I moved to the juice section. By now, everyone knows the ill-effects of aerated drinks which are nothing but sodas with heaps of sugar added to it. On researching some more, I came across a study conducted by the University of Minnesota that said drinking one diet soda a day was associated with increasing the risk of diabetes. Which basically meant that all aerated drinks were out of my system, thank you very much. Moreover, even canned juices have added sugar, and they were automatically blacklisted in my book. Even the jamun drink that my mother used to drink because it is considered to be healthy for diabetics had added sugar. (Really, is there any drink that doesn’t have any sugar at all?)
The trip to the grocery shop turned out to be a nightmare. Amidst all this, my friend from Bengaluru introduced me with Panakam, a drink with plenty of ginger and jaggery, popular in the region. I handed over the recipe to my mother and hoped I’d discover more sugar-free drinks soon.
What I Learnt?
Initially, I was reluctant to take up this challenge but by the end of day 4, I have already started enjoying the results of this challenge. Today, I discovered products that contain hidden sugar and were contributing to my poor health. I also learnt to opt for fresh fruit juices as most canned juices have added sugar.
I learned the recipe for Panakam, which is made in jaggery water with ginger, cardamom powder and crushed black pepper. Yummy and healthy!
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