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Condiments and Sauces on the South Beach Diet

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Updated July 11, 2014

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Condiments on the South Beach Diet

The condiment list on the South Beach Diet is basically the same as a regular low carb condiment list. The main thing is to stay away from the sugars that infest so many foods in the supermarket. The only item I can see that is different from a standard low carb diet list is that Agatston recommends "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray as a substitute for butter.

Sauces To Avoid on the South Beach Diet

Most commercial sauces and many homemade sauces should be avoided, since they contain a lot of starch and/or saturated fat. In this category are:
  • Gravies (can be added back as a rare treat after Phase One)
  • White sauces (including Bearnaise, Bechamel, Mornay, etc)
  • Cheese sauces, including Alfredo sauce
  • Hollandaise sauce

Acceptable Sauces on the South Beach Diet

The following are acceptable on all phases of the diet:
  • Tomato-based sauces such as marinara, pasta sauce, and pizza sauce with no added sugar
  • Pesto
  • Peanut sauce, if without sugars
  • Clam sauces, white or red
  • Au jus
See the Rest of the South Beach Diet Food Lists

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