Sneaky Sugar and Additives… Warning for your Whole30

Table salt. Chicken sausages. Bacon. Vegetable broth. Deli turkey. Dried fruit…

What do all these things have in common?  Added sugar.  Why? Yeah, I’m not sure either.  Applegate produces Organic and Natural meats.  I actually occasionally purchase their roast beef, however, you have to check each item separately because their Natural Herb Turkey Breast Deli Meat contains: Turkey Breast, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Salt, Carrageenan (From Seaweed), Pepper, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme. (according to their website). Carrageenan?  Not cool Applegate.


Almond milk, coconut milk (from a box), deli meats, and a whole lot of other seemingly “good for you, paleo” items contain carageenan, soy lechitan, or some type of corn by-product.  For example, Silk’s PureCoconut Milk contains the following ingredients, according to their website: Coconut milk (Filtered Water, Coconut Cream), Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Yam Flour… see what I mean?

Moral of the story?  READ YOUR LABELS!!!

If you want the most successful Whole30 you can possibly have you have to be prepared to read every label on every item you purchase.  I know it makes grocery shopping longer, but if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or it contains: soy, corn, gluten, sugar, carageenan, sulfites, etc, you can’t buy it.  Easy enough.


This is hard to remember if you are in your first few weeks of your first Whole30 but it gets easier and eventually will be second nature.  But in the meantime, make sure to double and triple check everything so you don’t accidentally screw up your results.  If you accidentally ingest sugar, that’s fine and you can continue on but things like gluten and soy will ruin your “reset” and you will need to start all over.  And no one wants to feel like they failed.  So what happens if you do accidentally ingest some gluten?  Add more days onto your Whole30.  Do a Whole43 or Whole60… it happens so don’t fret 🙂

If you are in the middle of your first Whole30 or if you have done one before and haven’t seen this Timeline, give it a look-see because it is really helpful to know that other people are feeling your pain and it is normal.

It is also extremely helpful to read everyone else’s experiences on the Whole9Life forum, which you can find here.


Are you in the middle of a Whole30?  If so, how is it going??? Thinking of starting one?  Let me know if you have any questions either way 🙂


-The Freckled Foodie



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Comments: 2

  1. Yaya January 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply

    I got fooled by Silk’s Coconut milk. I get tired of drinking water. I now drink Kombucha. I hope nothing is wrong with that….

    • thefreckledfoodie January 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

      Yeah all the boxed non-dairy milk brands are sneaky. Kombucha is one of my favorite drinks and the probiotics are super good for your digestion! I drink a lot of tea and La Croix sparkling water too 🙂

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