Sugar Busters Diet Food Lists

Acceptable and Unacceptable Foods on the Sugar Busters Diet

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These are lists of foods that are forbidden on the Sugar Busters Diet, as well as foods that are recommended, and others "to be eaten in moderation."

Foods Forbidden on the Sugar Busters Diet

  • White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it)
  • Pasta, unless whole grain
  • White rice
  • White flour and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels, doughnuts, bagels, and muffins
  • Potatoes and potato chips
  • Corn and corn chips
  • Sugar and products with added sugar, e.g. canned fruits in syrup
  • Jams and jellies containing added sugars
  • Ripe bananas (green OK)
  • Raisins
  • Pineapple
  • Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Honey
  • Syrups
  • Salad dressings and sauces with added sugar, such as Teriyaki sauce
  • Fruit drinks containing added sugar
  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
  • Sugar-cured meats (e.g. ham and bacon are often cured with salt and sugar)
  • Beer

Recommended Carbohydrate Foods on Sugar Busters

  • All other vegetables and fruits (see low carb fruit and​ vegetable lists.)
  • Whole grains, such as brown rice and oatmeal
  • Whole grain flour
  • Products made with 100% whole grain flour (note that “wheat flour” is NOT whole grain – it has to say 100% WHOLE wheat), as long as they have no added sugars
  • Beans
  • Sweet potatoes

Other Recommended Foods

  • Fish and seafood (not breaded)
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Flax Seeds
  • Olive and canola oils
  • Low-fat milk and other dairy products (low fat sour cream, yogurt, etc, with no added sugar)
  • Mayonnaise and other sauces and dressings with no added sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners OK

Foods to Eat in Moderation

  • Fruit juices with no added sugar
  • Artificially sweetened colas (clear sodas are recommended instead of colas)
  • Chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • Pure fruit jams and jellies without added sugar
  • Carrots
  • Butter, cream, ​and regular cheese
  • Beverages with caffeine
  • Small portions of sugar-free ice cream, “if you have eaten a low glycemic meal that does not contain red meat”

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