Maybe you aren’t ready yet to revamp your diet completely, but there are some easy steps you can take towards ridding yourself of processed foods.
Transitioning to a real food diet is a great idea, but everyone has a few items they just aren’t yet ready to forgo. For some it’s soft drinks a.k.a. pop, fizzy drinks, soda.
Regular soft drinks are generally sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. If you don’t know why that’s a problem, read about it here. Diet drinks are sweetened with artificial sweeteners that are just as bad if not worse. More on that here.
So what can you do if you’re a total addict?
Try finding a soft drink made with sugar. There are a few soft drinks made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, such as:
Sierra Mist Natural
Some companies make alternate versions of their regular drink with sugar instead of HFCS:
Mountain Dew Throwback
Another way to get soft drinks made with sugar is to stock up on kosher-for-Passover versions of your favorite soft drink when Passover rolls around in late March or early April.
While not soft drinks, note that some types of Gatorade and Snapple are now made with sugar.
You have to read labels! Schweppes Tonic Water and Ginger Ale are sold in Canada with sugar, but the American version has HFCS. Check the labels on the products in your own country.
Now just in case you are thinking happy, happy thoughts, let me remind you that none of these drinks is even remotely healthy. A much better idea is to reduce your consumption or cut it out entirely. But if you’re not ready to do that yet, try to find and non-HCFS version.