The Sugar Busters plan advocates only certain types of foods, mostly those high in fiber and rich in whole grains. Some foods -- both processed and natural -- are restricted. Foods that make the taboo list include baked beans, corn, carrots, bananas, raisins, white bread, white pasta, white rice, potatoes, beer, bacon, lunch meats, cookies, cakes, bagels and crackers. The diet restricts these foods because their sugar content has the potential to raise your insulin levels too much.
The diet promotes the intake of meats, vegetables and fruits, but only certain varieties of each food group, like meats that are lean and have any excess fat removed. Acceptable meats include lean beef and pork, poultry, venison, fish, shellfish and Canadian bacon.
If a vegetable has a low glycemic index, it's probably recommended by the Sugar Busters diet. A good gauge of glycemic index is the veggie's color. Green vegetables tend to be on the low side -- think zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, asparagus, peas and spinach. Other vegetables that qualify include mushrooms, squash, eggplant, artichokes and onions.
Sugar Busters approves of only certain fruits -- watermelon and bananas, for example, have too much sugar. Apples, citrus fruit, pears, cherries, raspberries, kiwis, apricots, cantaloupe, honey dew melon and tomatoes all have the green light.
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