You can make the choice and eat natural and healthy Sweeteners
Beware of High Fructose Corn Syrup
The problem with high fructose corn syrup is that as it is cheap it is used in about everything we eat. You will find it in sodas and sweet drinks, candy, and sweetened yogurt salad dressing and many more products that are manmade. Some scientist even catalogs it as being worse than normal sugar. On top of it comes that nowadays scientists warn that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. No wonder that Type 2 diabetes, high levels of triglycerides and heart disease, to just name a few of modern life ailments, are on the rise.
Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are bad for us as they contain high levels of fructose.
The body needs Glucose, it is used by all the cells in our body. But Fructose has to be converted to fat and it is processed in the liver. Now if we eat too much then we get fatter plus health problems are on their way.
Fructose will make your body resistant to the effect of insulin and it has been linked to a higher risk of inflammation and cancer. Some tips to avoid eating too much sugar is stick to natural foods, no sodas or juices, packaged food or fast foods. It is not a bad idea to read the labels, you might be surprised what one may find.
There are healthy alternatives to sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
Stevia, Dates, Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut sugar.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these healthy sugar substitutes.
The different types of Stevia
Stevia has 0 calories and it is all natural as it is made from the leaves of a South American plant. It is much sweeter than normal sugar so you need very little of it. There is one problem as not all Stevia is created the same and some can even present health problems.
The less manipulated the leaves are the better. They are crumbled and then ground into powder, very sweet so be careful and don’t over sweet your coffee.
There are also Stevia extracts on the market. The problem here is that some companies take the sweet rebaudioside out of the Stevia, doing that it has no health benefits anymore.
There is also a really bad type of Stevia on the market which is highly processed in a 42 step process. Some chemicals used in this process are highly toxic and can even cause cancer.
A gift from Nature, Honey
Raw Honey is another good alternative to the unhealthy white sugar.
It depends on where the bees live as the plants and herbs they collect the pollen from gives a specific taste to the honey. Honey is a natural product and chock full of good things like enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Do not be fooled into buying processed honey as that type is about totally stripped of all its health benefits. It has hardly any Bee pollen which is so good for our immune system. Probably the best thing you can do is go to your local market where they sell GMO-free organically grown products. Beehives put up on those lands will have the best chance of providing the bees with near ideal conditions to be able to produce this great natural product.
Some more Healthy Choices
Some other good options are Dates, great in homemade bread, cakes, and cookies.
Coconut sugar and Maple syrup are 2 other options which you can choose for sweetening up your life in a healthy way. One does not have to renounce to the sweet pleasures in life but one should take care to eat the healthier ones.
As an afterthought
Luckily nature provides us with healthy alternatives to sugar. It is a good idea to check on the foods you eat and discover where the hidden sugars are. Try and eliminate them from your diet and soon you will see positive results.
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The following post does include sugar. You should not eat it by the spoonfuls. Still, for breakfast, it is a delight. Have a look at my organic orange marmalade.