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The Truth about “Sugar-Free”

The Truth about “Sugar-Free”

Those infamous words we’ve all used, but how far does this saying stretch to? When I order my grande iced skinny caramel latte with soy milk does that mean I’ll be “skinny”? That’s certainly what the name implies, and in our society, “skinny” is an ideal so many are blindly striving toward; one Starbuck’s order at a time. So the question is, if we eat or drink “skinny” are we skinny?

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First we have to decipher what “skinny” means. In Starbucks terms it typically means; sugar-free, non-fat milk and no whipped cream. Now you might be thinking, “Woah. Goodbye treadmill, hello Starbuck’s! Just a few skinny lattes away from my Summer bod!” But as you may have noticed, skinny lattes are not a component of Your Flat Tummy Day regimen.

Low cal is like SoCal?

Obviously, all the California beach beauties must order sugar-free drinks, how else would they have those killer bodies? Don’t be fooled, sugar-free products and sugar substitutes are made of chemicals! They can’t be broken down completely so they are only partially digested in your body, which is why they provide fewer calories. Fewer calories! Great, right? Wrong. Since these nutrients aren’t fully digested, they cause gastrointestinal side effects such as bloating and a gassy feeling in your stomach. Not so comfortable, or cute, when you want to be frolicking around in your yellow polka dot bikini all day. This goes for most sugar substitutes that contain sugar alcohols, so watch out for them the next time you’re comparing your so called “skinny” products. (Beware: Sugar-Free gum causes the same bloating and gastrointestinal effects.)

Less now, more later?

When our diet consists of all things labeled “low-calorie”, “reduced fat” and “sugar-free” we trick ourselves into thinking that we haven’t eaten anything or have “been good today.” This distorted way of thinking about our nutrition can cause us to overindulge on unhealthy foods like super-sugary treats or to binge and overeat to “compensate for not eating” during the day. It’s not all in our heads though, artificial sweeteners, found in Starbuck’s sugar-free syrups, increase your appetite and desire for sweets, throwing us way off of our healthy summer game plan.

A world without Starbuck’s can seem like a dark, dark place, so instead of quitting completely, try to limit your sugar-free orders. If you really want your caramel iced latte, get your caramel iced latte, but not skinny! Ask for skim milk if you’re trying to cut calories and hold the whipped cream (but only if you must, sincer that IS the best part).

Photo by Jay Soto

What should you do if you read this whole article with a skinny hazelnut latte in hand and are now feeling the wrath of the uncomfortable bloat? Drink flat water to promote smoother digestion!

Maybe you are what you eat, but not when it’s a skinny latte.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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Did You Know? Pasta is Sugar Free!

You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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You may have heard that pasta eaters have better diet quality than those who don’t eat pasta, but did you know that pasta eaters are less likely to consume added sugar and saturated fat, as well as eat more of the important nutrients most of us lack in our diet, compared with those who don’t eat pasta? Did you also know that there is no added sugar in pasta? In fact, there is just a touch, less than a gram per serving, of naturally-occurring sugar inherent in pasta.

While the body doesn’t need added sugar to survive, it does need carbohydrates. Whereas too much added sugar can lead to a whole host of problems that can have negative effects on your health such as obesity, fatty liver, diabetes or cancer, whole and enriched grain carbohydrates can actually fuel your body, providing the calories it needs to help fight off illness, keep your mind thinking clearly and power through the day. Complex carbs like pasta especially provide a slow release of energy to the brain and muscles so you feel energized all day, unlike simple sugars which provide a quick burst of energy that fades rapidly. USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend carbs contribute up to 65% of a person’s daily calories for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Topping that pasta with protein-packed lean meats, legumes or nuts, as well as fiber-rich fruit or vegetables, creates a wholesome meal that will keep you feeling your best throughout the day — without added sugar.

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