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Baked beans
Most of the baked beans in the supermarkets will contain a fair amount of sugar. If the label states ‘sugar-free’, they may well have an artificial sweetener added instead, so do check the ingredients list carefully. Whole Earth makes excellent, sugar-free, organic baked beans which are sweetened with apple juice.
Again it is difficult to find those which do not contain sugar, artificial sweeteners or chemicals. Baxters have a good range of acceptable soups including Mediterranean Tomato, Minestrone and Carrot and Butterbean, but do check the ingredients for each different flavour before buying. Mr. Bean has a range of bean-based soups which contain no sugar and are also gluten free.
Ready-made meals With all the best intentions in the world it may sometimes be necessary to have a supply of quick, ready-made, wholesome food. For a quick meal, I would tend to use pasta and make a sauce with a good quality tinned tomato (like Napoli) and serve with a salad. Or just have plain grilled fish with vegetables and/or rice. Whole Earth and Meridian have Italian sauces which are useful if time is really short. Most of the ready-made sauces in the supermarkets contain sugar, so again it’s worth reading the labels for a while, until you are familiar with the brands which are best for you. There are some reasonable frozen meals available, but keep these for emergencies and cook from fresh where possible.
Snacks and biscuits
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts and mixed nuts and raisins are all good and tasty to use as a snack at any time. You can get good quality crisps and tortilla (corn) chips from health food shops and some supermarkets. Some manufacturers use sea salt in these products. With crisps and chips check whether the oil is hydrogenated. If it is, buy another brand. Ryvita and rice cakes (there are many flavours) are fine to eat; also oatcakes so long as they do not contain sugar.
If you suffer from bloating or digestive problems, you may have a wheat allergy which should be checked by a good nutritional therapist. Biscuits and bread will just make the problem worse. If you can happily eat wheat, buy sugar-free biscuits. Clearspring makes a good range of cookies (sesame, muesli and hazelnut varieties) which contain a high proportion of organic ingredients and are sweetened with maple syrup and corn malt.
Infinity Foods sells delicious organic biscuits including carob, carob chip, fruit and nut, malt syrup waffles and hazelnut waffles. Again some of the ingredients are organic and the waffles, for example, are sweetened with maizemalt syrup. These would have to be obtained from a good health food shop (you could always ask for them to be ordered).
There are a number of fruit bars and carob bars on the market which may satisfy your taste for a snack. Do not substitute your ordinary sweet foods with diabetic ones, which contain sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which occurs naturally in some fruits and is metabolized in our bodies. For commercial use, it is synthesized chemically from glucose. Diabetics are only recommended to eat foods containing a certain amount of sorbitol per day because it can have adverse side effects such as flatulence, diarrhea and bloating. It does not raise the blood level significantly as would sugar or pure glucose but it is chemically processed, not natural, and should be avoided.

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