A play on words, No added sugar vs sugar free or sugarless. Your initial thought would be that the titles mean the same, unless you have been reading labels and health articles for any length of time, you sense that semantics have come into play..
Although sugar technically is a natural ingredient sourced from sugar cane, the process may vary creating more or less natural definitions. Some would say ingredients grown have higher benefit level then synthetic, yet even naturally grown ingredients processed, refined, chemically treated end up disrupting digestion and nutrition.
To learn to navigate the nutrition jungle is a daunting task, one that requires extracurricular reading and research as I have struck out to learn more.
My personal discovery of the chemical refinement and processing procedures was enough to mentally change much of my daily sugar intake. I will be the first to admit, trying to implement a strict diet excluding sugar is extremely difficult in todays culture, and wow do you ever feel deprived during withdrawals!
The motivation factor had to come from another place, and it never did originate from "oh I need to lose weight and go on a diet" It was deeper.... not for a body image desired for myself really but for the future. Future desire to move easier, have energy to enjoy the outdoors, future travel, future relationship activities, with the constant question rolling in my head, "what must I do to push towards my future health.." and hopeful memories vs the current moment of feeling deprived and personal undisciplined indulgence.
As with anything, baby steps multiple towards success as I began with the glaring delinquents, candy bars, soft gooey cookies, soda, hot chocolate, bread...oh how I love bread...that turns into sugar so easily. I point out here that none of these offenses were daily, multi weekly perhaps, but not multi daily...that did not take away the addition ...comfort comes in many forms.
If you were to follow me around even now, you would find I am not perfect in the least...but I have made great progress in the overall scheme of things.
Because real food is so much of a better option, I never traded real sugar for the "sugar free" options filled with sythezied ingredients. I personally could not justify living with the side effects my research found in the spotlight.
Simplicity...has been the best policy for me, a simple set of ingredients, as few steps possible from the ground to the glass, farm to table, garden to plate.... Reading labels has become a bit of a game. What are the first 2 ingredients? I have found it interesting how many different ways sugar is listed.
Through time trades have been made,