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The first step is to fully un­der­stand where sugar is hid­ing. For ex­am­ple, when you look at the nu­tri­tion facts on a prod­uct la­bel you will see “car­bo­hy­drates” as well as “fiber” and “sugar.” Car­bo­hy­drates are in starchy veg­eta­bles, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Although car­bo­hy­drates are bro­ken down via di­ges­tion into sugar mol­e­cules (glu­cose and fruc­tose), you don’t need to avoid them com­pletely dur­ing a sugar detox—how­ever, it is help­ful to keep car­bo­hy­drates to a min­i­mum and in bal­ance with pro­tein. Aim for no more than 15 grams of car­bo­hy­drates each time you eat, and re­mem­ber to bal­ance out the carbs with a sim­i­lar amount of pro­tein (7 to 15 grams), plus healthy fats.

“Sugar” on the la­bel in­di­cates ac­tual sugar, and that’s what you should try to avoid or de­crease dur­ing the sugar detox. If you see that there are grams of sugar in the prod­uct, then look at the in­gre­di­ents list to find out where that sugar is com­ing from. It could be ac­tual sugar, or it could be sugar dis­guised in another form—so look for not only “sugar” on your food pack­ag­ing, but also the fol­low­ing:

Beet sugar Brown sugar Brown rice syrup Cane sugar Cane juice Dex­trose Dried cane sugar

Raw cane sugar Glu­cose Mal­tose Malt sugar Su­crose Evap­o­rated cane juice

Fruc­tose, which is in fruit and veg­eta­bles as well as agave, honey, and maple syrup, can be a prob­lem too, es­pe­cially when highly con­cen­trated, such as in high fruc­tose corn syrup. It doesn’t trig­ger in­sulin, but is in­stead a di­rect is­sue for your di­ges­tion, liver, and me­tab­o­lism when con­sumed in large quan­ti­ties. Watch out for fruc­tose in these forms:

Agave Corn syrup High fruc­tose corn syrup (HFCS) Honey Maple syrup Mo­lasses

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