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Campbgra

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Hi Everyone! My name is Grace is TODAY is my first day consuming Whole 30 recipes. I was supposed to start Monday and meal prep Sunday but my boyfriend (my partner in this) got violently ill! I have eaten my first two meals according to week 1 in the Whole 30 book! I am confused with some of the rules. In the section for "good food on the road" it says I can eat dried fruit. I just went to Whole Foods and picked up a bag dried fruit bc it said no added sugar so I thought it was great. I did notice that it said 12 grams of sugar on the back, but is that the natural sugars that are part of the fruit?! I think I'm just so nervous to mess up. I havnt eaten it yet and of course can always be returned! Pleaseeeee help and provide any suggestions to reading labels as you can. You can tell it like it is, I have tough skin!

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Hi campbgra. Sure, you can eat dried fruit but we would highly recommend you stay fairly far away from it. It's nature's "candy" and can be addictive, hard to stop eating as well as being a huge blood sugar hit.  If you were stranded in your car on an expressway for 6 hours then yes, eat the dried fruit.  If you are just feeling "snacky" or have created a personal emergency in order to justify eating it (we've all done this one time or another) then get it out of your house/car.

 

Dried fruits, for anyone who has a sugar dragon they are looking to exterminate, should be on the Heck No list, as far as I'm concerned.

 

You could though, chop them up fine and add them to cauli rice, salads, meats in the slow cooker etc for a nice change.  Just don't eat them straight out of the bag they came in!  ;)

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For another example, I bought crushed tomatoes yesterday for my tomato sauce and it had 2g of sugar on the nutrition label, but I didn't add any sugar? So is it still okay for my to eat things that have natural sugars and nothing added essentially?!

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So is it still okay for my to eat things that have natural sugars and nothing added essentially?!

 

Yep, that's fine. As long as the tomatoes don't have anything noncompliant on the *ingredients* list, you're fine. You're looking for added sugars, not naturally occurring sugars (which tomatoes and dried fruit both have).

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Figuring out what is compliant and what isn't will honestly be a whole lot easier if you don't look at the nutritional label and just look at the ingredients list. 

 

You've totally got this! Just keep checking your labels like you're already doing and you'll rock this Whole30!  :D

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