When you think of sugar, you probably think of candy, table sugar, donuts, pastries, soda, and ice cream. You wouldn’t associate carbohydrates, such as white bread and potatoes as sugar because they are not sweet.
This is absolutely not to say you should give up all carbohydrates when you remove sugar from your diet, because carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for the body. Not to mention, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are all nutrient-dense carbohydrates you need to stay healthy.
With that said, if you are trying a sugar-free diet, you may want to consider eliminating the sugars and carbohydrates that are not helpful to your body. When it comes to eliminating foods, try to avoid the color white: white bread, white rice, white pasta, white crackers, and white potatoes. Artificial sweeteners found in a lot of processed foods such as cookies, chips, and other snack foods can be eliminated completely. In terms of bread and pasta, skip out on the white kind and go all-in for whole-grain and whole-wheat. Instead of white potatoes, try making sweet potatoes.
These changes can be made even if you are not giving up sugar completely. Making small changes to your diet such as swapping white rice for brown rice, sugared cereal for plain, whole-grain cereal, and swapping your milk chocolate bar with unsweetened dark chocolate.
The accompanying slideshow is provided by fellow Daily Meal editorial staff member Dan Myers.