What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Beverages Edition

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Beverages Edition

What is Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Beverages Edition

It’s tough to know exactly what to buy at the grocery store so we are starting lists of products that contain no added fructose.  There are a few sugars that are on our “Acceptable Sugars” list and if a product contains one of those sugars, it’s listed in parenthesis.  Most of these products can be found at Walmart (because that’s almost my second home) and if you’d like, you can search for coupons for them here.  If you see a product I missed, let me know and I’ll add it.

Keep in mind that there are some “no brainer” items not listed on this list like water, milk, ground coffee and tea bags.

Drink Mixes

  • Crush Orange Sugar Free singles to Go
  • Hawaiian Punch Sugar Free Singles to Go Flavored Water
  • Clear American Flavored Water
  • Clear Choice Ice (Sucralose
  • SoBe LifeWater
  • Glaceau Fruit Water
  • Dasani Sparkling Waters
  • LaCroix Flavored Water
  • Fruit2O (Sucralose)
  • Perrier Grapefruit Water

    Non-Dairy Milk

    • Great value Lactose Free Whole Milk
    • Great Value Almond Milk Unsweetened Original
    • Great Value Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla
    • Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened
    • Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla
    • Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
    • Rice Dream
    • Rice Dream Vanilla Enriched
    • West Soy Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
    • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Organic Almond Milk Unsweetened


    Sports Drinks

  • Powerade Zero (Sucralose)Muscle Milk
  • Propel Zero
  • Gold Leaf Diet Tea (Aspartame)
  • Sugar Free Red Bull
  • Lo Carb Monster Energy (Glucose and Sucralose)
  • Monster Energy Ultra Blue
  • Monster Rehab (Glucose and Sucralose)
  • Rock Star Sugar Free (Sucralose


    • Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea
    • Red Diamond Unsweet Tea (Sucralose)
    • Great Value Sugar Free Sweetened Tea (Sucralose

    Tomato Juice

    • R. W. Knudsen Tomato Juice
    • Great Value Tomato Juice

5 Ways Fructose is Making You Fat!

5 Ways Fructose Makes You Fat

Sugar is bad.  Every week more and more science comes in that makes this truth even more evident.  More specifically, it’s the fructose in sugar that is causing all the damage.  According to Dr. Richard Johnson who has devoted his professional life to studying exactly how fructose affects us, here are five ways that Fructose is expanding your waistline.

Eating a High-Fructose diet causes rapid weight gain

Let’s be clear here, eating too much of any kind of sugar will cause you to gain weight.  Sugar is crystalized energy and fat is how our bodies store excess energy.  But here’s the crazy thing about fructose, if you take 2 groups of rats and feed them both the same number of calories per day but feed one group mostly glucose (a non-fructose containing sugar) and the other group mostly fructose, the second group gains weight at a much greater rate than the first.  I know conventional wisdom say that a calorie is a calorie egardless of what form it’s in but the science says that isn’t true, calories from fructose are far worse when it comes to weight-gain.  Not only does fructose cause rapid weight gain, it also causes greater accumulations of belly fat, the worst kind of fat.

High-Fructose Foods do not Satisfy Your Appetite

We discussed this in greater detail here but basically when you eat most kinds of food, your body produces the necessary appetite-controlling hormones to tell you when you’ve had enough.  (Believe it or not, your body wants to be fit and healthy and has an incredibly sophisticated system of hormones in place to make that happen)  Unfortunately, fructose doesn’t trigger any of those hormones.  Our bodies are essentially “blind” to it and just ships it to the liver to be converted to fat as quickly as possible.  Because of this, your brain never gets the signal that you are full.  Have you ever wondered how you can put away a Super-Size meal at McDonalds and fill your large Coke up 2 or 3 times before the end of the meal?  Replace that Coke with milk and I bet you can’t finish half that meal.

High-Fructose foods may interfere with the signaling system that controls your appetite for all foods

While the science as it pertains to humans has not been fully studied yet, in animals it is clear that eating a high-fructose diet prevents their brain from receiving the appetite-controlling hormones even if they aren’t eating anything containing fructose for a particular meal.  Basically, if you have an Orange Juice with breakfast and a Coke for lunch, even if you eat a healthy home-cooked no-sugar-added meal for dinner, you are far more likely to overeat.

Fructose will sabotage your Weight-Loss Efforts

Your body does not metabolize fructose the same way it does other sugars.  The enzymes that break down fructose on the cellular level raise blood pressure, increase levels of artery-clogging fat in the bloodstream and eventually cause obesity.  Not only this but eating fructose increases the production of the enzymes that cause these issues.  Over time, your body may produce such a large concentration of these enzymes that even a small amount of fructose will set in motion all the powerful biological changes that cause obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other related diseases.  This may explain why obese people struggle to lose weight and keep it off, we may just be ultra-sensitive to fructose.  I know for me personally, it took a month of absolutely no fructose at all for the weight to begin to fall off.

People who consume a lot of soft drinks and fruit juice tend to be overweight.

Hopefully at this point, this last point will be kind of a no brainer but it needs to be said that there is a direct correlation between people who drink large amounts of soft drinks and fruit juice and obesity.  The problem is that in the case of fruit juice, we’ve been told that it’s actually healthy.  While it may contain more vitamins than a Coke, it’s just as destructive to your weight loss efforts.

Are you struggling to lose weight?  Eliminating Fructose is the key to finally getting healthy.  Please leave me a comment so we can keep in touch and I would encourage you to read Dr Johnson’s The Sugar Fix, Dr Lustig’s Fat Chance, or David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison.  These are three books that changed the course of my life for the better.  At the very least, watch this video.

6/4 Weightloss Wednesday: 15 lbs Down!

The weight is continuing to slowly come off and I couldn’t be happier!  I’m down 15 lbs and feel fantastic.  More importantly, my blood pressure is WAAAAAYYYY down, still a little on the high side but at least my doctors don’t threaten to admit me as soon as they check it anymore.  So things are going great and I couldn’t be happier about this new direction in my life.  Please follow me on YouTube to never miss a video.  Thanks!

What is Sugar Free at Chili’s?


The Chili’s list was very difficult to put together because they did NOT want me to see an ingredients list, all I had access to was the nutritional info.  In fact, I’m not sure why it’s illegal for grocery stores to sell me food without an ingredients list but restaurants don’t have to provide one.

So anyway, what I did here was list everything that has less than 2 grams of sugar per item.  There is a chance that a few of these have added fructose (no way to know for sure without an ingredients list) but since the total sugar is very low, any added fructose will be in an even smaller amount.

In a nutshell you’ve got a wide variety of soups for an appetizer, your entrée can be steak or salmon with several sides to choose from.  If you’ve got kids, I’ve included the kid’s menu offerings as well.


  • Boneless Buffalo Wings Appetizer
  • Wings over Buffalo Appetizer
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup – Cup
  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Cup
  • Southwest Chicken Soup – Cup
  • Terlingua Chili – Cup
  • Lunch Combo House Salad – No Dressing

Main Dishes

  • Lighter Choice Salmon
  • Lighter Choice 6oz Classic Sirloin
  • 10oz Classic Sirloin
  • 6oz Classic Sirloin
  • Salmon with Garlic and Herbs
  • 1 Cheese Enchilada


  • Avocado Slices
  • All Cheeses
  • Avocado Ranch Dressing
  • Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Low Fat Ranch Dressing
  • Small Side of Guacamole
  • Black Pepper Gravy
  • Sauteed Mushroom
  • Sour Cream


  • Black Beans
  • Homestyle Fries
  • Mashed Potatoes w/ Black Pepper Gravy
  • Rice
  • Steamed Broccoli

Kid’s Meals

  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Crispy Chicken Crispers
  • Grilled Chicken Platter
  • Little Original Chicken Crispers
  • Side Celery Sticks – No Dressing
  • Side Homestyle Fries
  • Side Mashed Potatoes w/o Gravy
  • Side Rice
  • Side Salad – No Dressing
  • Side Broccoli- Plain

Sugar Free Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe


My slow cooker has really only ever been used for a Velveeta dip I make every Super Bowl season and the occasional chili during the winter.  One of the (many!) things I have been having difficulty finding is a good sugar free chicken stock off the shelf.  In fact, not even Whole Foods had a variety that didn’t add at least trace amounts of Fructose.  So now I had a mission, I wanted a delicious slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken that I could turn around and use the chicken carcass to make a stock I could freeze.  Fortunately Half Price Books had a huge clearance sale last week and I was able to get about a dozen different cookbooks for about $20 and one had a recipe that looked interesting.

This recipe was eye-opening to me for one major reason, I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker that wasn’t mostly liquid.  When it said to just put the chicken in with no liquid I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but it turned out great!  It was literally falling off the bone as I tried to cut it to serve and was so moist and delicious.  I’ll put the recipe for the stock up later this week. (although you might have seen it on my Instagram feed)  The other thing you need to know is that it’s important to line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions and celery in order to get the chicken off the bottom of the pot.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Be sure to save the bones to make a tasty Chicken Broth!

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Serves: 8-10
A delicious Slow Cooker recipe for a whole chicken.
  • 1 large chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper (I like it a little spicy, reduce to ¼ tsp for less spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  1. Dice onion and chop celery, line bottom of slow cooker
  2. Mix all spices in bowl
  3. Be sure you have removed all giblets and rub spices into entire surface of chicken. Put any remaining spices in cavity.
  4. Place chicken in slow cooker, cook on high for 4-5 hours