A few months ago I found a garage
sale near my home advertised through Craigslist. The sale was comprised of a
few older families that lived in a condominium complex. Since it was a Friday
and they were still putting things out I knew I was in a good position to make
some good finds.
Unfortunately, within a few
minutes of looking around I had decided it was a bust- nothing there that I was
interested in- and I decided to leave. Just as I was leaving the sale a couple
dusty bottles caught my attention in a dark corner of the garage. I went over
to the shelf in the garage and examined a small paper sign that said “Alcohol
My hand reached out for the
familiar bottle and firmly grasped it, I studied the label, and quickly fished
out 2 $1.00 bills from my wallet, wondering if this was a joke or what. Having
worked at a 5 star French restaurant in my college years I knew what I had in
my hands was authentic, but I still couldn’t understand why these people were
practically giving it away.
I quickly found the woman and
quickly gave her the 2 dollars and held up the bottle. She nodded and put the
money away routinely and turned to other garage sellers who were making offers
on other items. I excitedly raced home wanting to look up what the treasure I
had just bought was worth.
A label may not actually come
right out and say it contains sugar because that would be too simple but that
does not mean it does not actually have sugar in it. Some ingredients that are
listed on labels and actually have sugar include amazake, carob powder, corn
syrup, dextrose, fructose, evaporated cane juice, honey, and maltose. It is important to try to limit foods high in
these ingredients or to avoid them altogether whenever possible. One way you
can do is by buying tea bags or unsweetened tea instead of pop. It will provide
you with the antioxidants you need and help your heart and it may even lower
risk for diabetes.
Another way to avoid loading up on
sugar when shopping is to buy nonfat, unsweetened, plain yogurt and mix in your
own fruit and nuts later. This will help you to cut down on saturated fat, and
the extra sugar that gets added to sweetened yogurt. Adding in blueberries or
granola can also give you an extra helping of fiber and helps to provide the
right amount of sweetness and crunch. Something else you can do is to pick
mustard over ketchup to put on your hot dogs, hamburgers or other sandwiches.
Mustard unlike ketchup has no added sugar and is lower in sodium as well.
We all try our best to buy foods
that give us the most nutritional value possible, but when some of these
ingredients are added it can make shopping for the best …