It is not uncommon to see the words “Sugar-Free” emblazoned on a number of “healthy foods” at the grocery store.
On The Kaufmann Diet, one of the primary things you are asked to give up is sugar. Sugar comes in many forms, including regular table sugar, but sugar is often hidden on ingredients lists by a variety of other names; fructose, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, evaporated cane juice, and many other pseudonyms. Even ingredients like honey and agave nectar should be avoided as these are high in sugar, which could potentially make an existing, internal yeast or fungal infection worse.
You do not have to be on an anti-fungal diet to be concerned about sugar, though. Sugar is implicated in numerous diseases and health problems, even by mainstream practitioners at this point. Many people are realizing how damaging sugar is for their health, and to that end, food purveyors have taken the opportunity to create sugar-free versions of everything.
But just because foods are sugar-free, does this make them ok for The Kaufmann Diet? Sugar, of course, is not the only thing that is excluded on The Kaufmann Diet. There are a variety of foods that are excluded, including wheat, corn, soy, potatoes and any foods containing yeast or mushrooms. The sweeter varieties of fruits are excluded, as is most dairy. So, it is important to read the labels on foods. Sugar-free ice cream still contains dairy, and sugar-free cakes still contain wheat. Sugar free peanut butter still contains peanuts. Other ingredients must be considered too, not just sugar.
Consider too that many sugar-free treats use artificial sweeteners, which are not allowed on the diet either. These include things like Sucralose or aspartame. These should be avoided, as should any foods that contain them.
The only sweeteners that are allowed on The Kaufmann Diet are stevia (an herbal sweetener) and xylitol (which is derived from the birch tree).
Be wary of sugar-free marketing, and always read labels on foods. Ideally, it is best to shop for foods that are not processed, or minimally processed––foods that do not have added ingredients, or come packed with a label. The majority of your foods should be fresh foods, straight from the earth. But when you do purchase packaged food, always read the labels. You will likely be surprised all the places that sugar lurks. Subsequently, it will likely begin to make sense why so many people suffer from so many healthy problems.