Sugar, Salt, and Fat

Foods high in salt, sugar, and fat have little to no nutritional value. They are missing those good vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber!

Unfortunately, substance use disorders tend to make these foods more appealing or these foods tend to be used in place of a substance of choice.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Substance use disorders can cause stomach and digestive problems. Refined and sugary foods tend to be easier to digest. They are usually eaten more.
  • Sugar triggers a hormone in our brains that causes a pleasure effect, like that of the pleasure one gets in substance use,. Sometimes sugar is used to control cravings for a substance.
  • Emotional eating is common in substance use disorders, and the foods eaten tend to be high in salt, sugar, and fat.

These reasons and more are why it is important to watch out for salt, added sugars, and large amounts of fats in your foods as they are the main culprits in nutrition-related health problems and weight gain during recovery.

Sugar, salt, and fat tend to hide in foods and are easy to forget about. Foods high in sugar, salt, and fat tend to be convenience foods such as candy, desserts, chips, frozen dinners, and fast food.

Here are some great ideas on how to make wise choices while eating in the fast lane!

Here are some helpful tips on how to watch out for salt, sugar, and fats hidden in our foods:

Keeping an Eye on Sugar

Keeping an Eye on Sodium

Keeping an Eye on Fats

Sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas to make smarter food choices, here are some easy ideas to swap out fat in your diet!

Holding the Lid on Fats

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