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Sugar Busters Diet Food Lists

Acceptable and Unacceptable Foods on the Sugar Busters Diet

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Updated April 02, 2014

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These are lists of foods that are forbidden, recommended, or "to be eaten in moderation".

Foods Forbidden on the Sugar Busters Diet

  • White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it)
  • Pasta, unless whole grain
  • White rice
  • White flour, and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels, doughnuts, bagels, and muffins
  • Potatoes and potato chips
  • Corn and corn chips
  • Sugar and products with added sugar, e.g. canned fruits in syrup
  • Jams and jellies containing added sugars
  • Ripe bananas (green OK)
  • Raisins
  • Pineapple
  • Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Honey
  • Syrups
  • Salad dressings and sauces with added sugar, such as Teriyaki sauce
  • Fruit drinks containing added sugar
  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
  • Sugar-cured meats (e.g. ham is often cured with salt and sugar)
  • Beer

Recommended Carbohydrate Foods on Sugar Busters

  • All other vegetables and fruits (see low carb fruit and vegetable lists.)
  • Whole grains, such as brown rice and oatmeal
  • Whole grain flour
  • Products made with 100% whole grain flour (note that “wheat flour” is NOT whole grain – it has to say WHOLE wheat), as long as they have no added sugars
  • Beans
  • Sweet potatoes

Other Recommended Foods

  • Lean meats (remove skin from poultry, trim lean cuts of beef, pork, and lamb) Nothing sugar-cured. (Low saturated fat meat list)
  • Fish and seafood (not breaded)
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Flax Seeds
  • Olive and canola oils
  • Low fat milk and other dairy products (low fat sour cream, yogurt, etc, with no added sugar)
  • Mayonnaise and other sauces and dressings with no added sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners OK

Foods to Eat in Moderation

  • Fruit juices with no added sugar
  • Artificially sweetened colas (clear sodas are better)
  • Chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • Pure fruit jams and jellies without added sugar
  • Carrots
  • Butter, cream and regular cheese
  • Beverages with caffeine
  • Small portions of sugar-free ice cream, “if you have eaten a low glycemic meal that does not contain red meat”
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