Has anyone here (I am sure someone has - diabetics, hypoglycemics, health nuts like me) tried to kick sugar out of their diet in a fairly stringent manner? I mean not just obvious things like sweets or soda or juice or sugar in your tea/coffee. I mean checking labels to see how many grams of sugar are in things, or even thinking about how much sugar is in a piece of whole food.
Lately I've been looking at "healthy" products - organic, "natural" cereals, breads, sauces, etc, and finding that things often have RIDICULOUS amounts of sugar. A certain cereal from a very reputable organic, "healthy" company, had 17 grams of sugar per serving in it. Dates and prunes, which I love, have unsurprisingly high amounts of sugar in them, even though they are not bad for you. If you're not vegan (i am but I think it's interesting), a cup of fat free milk has 12 g of sugar in it.
I find myself to be a serious sugar-holic, and it takes very little to trip a spree. Granola bars, even fairly low-sugar ones, are the devil. I can hardly eat dried fruit, have to watch cereals very carefully, and it's better for me if I don't encounter fake sweetener either. Let down my guard for half a second and my sweet tooth puts me in a half-nelson.
Do you think that stringently cutting sugar this way would be helpful? Has anyone done it? Any other sugar-holics out there who are serious about keeping the sugar out?