by Taetske | 2:40 pm
(Last Updated On: January 4, 2019)

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.

 

Stevia Plant

Stevia Plant

 

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.

 

Real raw honey

Real Raw Honey

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.

 

Source: NaturalHealth365

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Teresa

It is a stark reality when “sugar is more addictive than cocaine”, especially where children are concerned. I think it’s truly shocking when you realise what is in our foods these days. It’s incredibly important to educate ourselves and read the labels carefully as certain ingredients can be disguised under a different name.
These are great alternatives to processed sugar.

Jan 09.2018 | 03:21 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Teresa,

    Thank you for reading my post on Healthy Sweeteners. When you come to think of it that in old times people would hardly ever eat sugar, it was more like on special occasions. Nowadays you will find sugar everywhere especially in man-made foods. We are lucky that nature offers such good alternatives which do not harm us but still gives us the pleasure of a sweet treat . I hope you will visit again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 10.2018 | 07:54 am

Nkhosingiphile

Natural health sweeteners are all we need this days, people are more addicted to sugar like you have just said, sugar is not good for our health but we are always going for it, and for the processed honey i did not know that it is stripped off its health, i dont like honey with pollen but now that you have mentioned that it is good for the immune system i will try to eat it with the honey.

Nov 18.2018 | 08:20 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Nkhosingiphile,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    When you buy honey it is very important to get the raw honey as otherwise you will be only getting the sweet taste but not all the health benefits. The closer we eat to nature the better our health will be.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 19.2018 | 07:28 am

Dale

As a type 2 diabetic I am always having to watch what I eat and whats added into the foods.  

My biggest shocker when I was diagnosed was how much sugar was in fruit juices.  I always thought they were healthy for a person.  It just proves that a person has to read labels.

I will admit Stevia is my go to for coffee and tea but you are right when you say to only use a fraction.

This was a great awareness article that everyone should read,

Nov 18.2018 | 08:27 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Dale,

    I can imagine you were shocked finding out how much sugar there is in bought fruit juices. Often they even add extra sugar to it. Everything which is man-made one has to be careful with and you are right one has to read labels.

    That is why I like natural things where you do not need to read labels. Try making your own juice at home. Take some carrots, celery, cucumber, green pepper, tomato, add some parsley and for the taste a whole apple. You wash the apple well, just as the rest. You can also mix a beetroot, very good for your blood.

    Get yourself a good juice book, you might very well become addicted to making it yourself.

    Thank you for your comment, I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    p.s. Have a look at the free PDFs, you might well find a good juice book there to download.

    Nov 19.2018 | 07:28 am

Barry

Hello Taetske. I hope you are having a good time with the season. Merry Christmas to you in advance.

Thank you for sharing this health helping information. I found this article to be educative too. So Fructose is disastrous to our health. Among the healthy alternatives to sugar, I know of honey only. Stevia seems so interesting (sweet leaf).

Nov 18.2018 | 08:30 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Barry,

    Thank you for your comment on my post. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    You are the first one to send me Christmas wishes, thank you that is very kind of you. My best wishes for you and your family come your way.

    Honey is a health bomb but of course has calories. Stevia has no calories so would be a perfect substitute.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 19.2018 | 07:28 am

Dennis

Wow, I always knew that high fructose corn syrup was in a lot of our foods today and is bad for you but some of the replacements you list are things I would have not thought of. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic so I have been watching my sugar lately. I have tried products like Splenda, and Sweet & Low. I did not see you mention anything about Splenda or Sweet & Low. Are they no good either? I have thought about Stevia but never knew there were different types. Thank you for the heads up. I never thought of replacing sugar with honey. I have never even heard of Coconut Sugar. You have certainly gave me some options to think about. Thank you!!!…Dennis

Nov 18.2018 | 08:35 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Dennis,

    Thank you for your visit to my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    The problem these days is that we tend to eat too many man-made foods. Bad fats, loads of sugar, GMO, it is all in there and that is why our health gets worse. No natural things, no fiber, that is why our digestive system goes funny which will cause serious problems on the long run.

    You asked about Splenda, well, I am sending you a link to Dr. Mercola. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/09/05/artificial-sweetener-splenda.aspx I would get rid of all these unnatural sweeteners better turn to nature if you need to sweeten up your life.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 18.2018 | 09:00 pm

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