If you are trying to lose weight or feel sluggish after eating something sweet, perhaps it’s time for a sugar detox. A sugar detox involves not eating any foods with added sugars and not drinking anything that has sugar added, like soda and juice. Even sugar-free juices, which don’t have the sweet factor, have the fibers removed from the beverage, making them a less healthy choice. During a full sugar detox, you need to avoid sugars for at least three weeks. Anything less and your body doesn’t get the chance to adjust to your new lifestyle. If you aren’t sure what foods you can eat on a sugar detox, we have a great list below to help you. 

What Foods Can You Eat on A Sugar Detox

Read Labels

There are two ways of looking at labels:

  • If you have to read them, it’s a food you shouldn’t be eating
  • If you want to know how much sugar is in an item, read the label. 

Neither way is wrong; each is just a different perspective from the other. 

Lots of Proteins

If you fill up on proteins, your body won’t have time to crave sugars. Proteins are great for the digestive system. However, make sure they are lean proteins. Fatty proteins are not great for your gallbladder or liver. They also don’t help you meet your weight loss goals.

Choose fresh fish or lean hamburgers. Be sure that there aren’t any added sugars in the seasoning you may be using.

Drink a Lot of Water

drinking water

Water helps fill up your stomach, as well as remove any toxins from your body. If you are going to the bathroom once every hour, you are consuming enough water to remove all the toxins, including sugar, from your body. 

Be sure that the water is unsweetened. Even artificial sweeteners are harmful to you. Besides adding the product to sweetening a dish or drink, ones containing aspartame are known to cause neurological disorders. If you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid all sugars and artificial sugars.

Fresh fruits, like lemons, limes, oranges, cucumbers, and strawberries are all good fruit choices to add to your water.  

Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and vegetables, while they contain natural sugars, are filled with fiber and other beneficial nutrients that will have a positive effect on your body. Be cautious if you start getting into juicing. While there are health benefits to juicing, you lose a lot of the fibers that come along with the produce.

Try picking fruits and veggies that aren’t very sweet. This will help you maintain good eating habits.

Eat at Home More

When you cook at home, you can control what is in the food you are making. When you eat out, you don’t get much say in what the chef is doing to prepare your dish. By eating at home, you take back the control, and you save money at the same time. It’s a win-win.

If you do need to eat out, use care when choosing your dishes. Don’t get anything that is slathered in a sauce or glaze. Also, avoid dressings that can have hidden sugars.

A salad, such as a chef salad or antipasto, are typically good choices. They have protein in them, from the added meats, and don’t have anything that has sugar in them. If you need a dressing option, oil and red wine vinegar is a safe bet.

Going on a sugar detox is not the end of the world. Most people feel healthier, happier, and less fatigued once they cut sugar and are completely detoxed. There are a lot of sugar-free food choices. Just read the labels, if you are unsure what is in a food and make sure you are getting the natural fibers in fruits and vegetables.

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2019)

A qualified doctor, Dr. Kyra Russel Jr. is someone who wears many hats, working also as a health writer, author, researcher, and media medic. She is a master communicator who is passionate about putting convoluted health information into words that make the information widely accessible. Her primary interests are child and adolescent health, women’s well-being, beauty, and nutrition.

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