Sugar free cooking does not mean every single recipe or product reviewed on this site will have 0 grams of sugar. Sugar on nutrition labels refers to both added sugars and those naturally occurring. This site will focus on no sugar added recipes, cooking with sugar substitutes, and reduced sugar products to help improve the overall sugar and carbohydrate profile of delicious, diabetic-friendly recipes.
What’s an Added Sugar?
Added sugar refers to sucrose (table sugar), honey, agave, and other caloric sweeteners that add sugar to the overall nutrition profile of a product or recipe.
What’s a Naturally Occurring Sugar?
Naturally occurring sugars are the sugars found in whole food products such as milk (lactose) and fruits (fructose).
Sugar substitutes are non-caloric artificial or natural sweeteners that can replace the sweetening power of sugar in various products. These include aspartame, sucralose, stevia, neotame, and acesulfame K. Each substitutes profile is unique and useful for different applications.
Reduced Sugar Products
Reduced sugar products refer to naturally occurring sugars that are reduced while flavor is matched by a sugar substitute. Most often you’ll find this in reduced sugar juices.
The Nitty Gritty
Yes, you can argue honey, agave nectar, and even table sugar are naturally occurring sugars but these products do not have significant nutrient content that contributes to your overall diet and are not necessary additions. According to the 2010 United States Dietary Guidelines, all American should reduce their intake of added sugars - particularly from sugar sweetened beverages and processed foods.