Some Healthy Alternatives To SugarBy Sheryl Walters
Because sugar is sold abundantly in every food shop in the world, it is not acknowledged as the health criminal that it is. Many people still believe that the human body needs sugar. The truth is that the body requires a certain amount of complex carbohydrates, which are contained in sweet potatoes, millet, rice, and squash. While sugar has one or two sugars linked in a single molecule, complex carbohydrates have thousands linked together.
Sugar causes many physical and mental problems. So this holiday season is the perfect time to include some delicious sugar alternatives to your diet. There are many fantastic alternatives that you can make all your favourite cakes and holiday treats with. And the good news is there will be no negative side effects. Here are some of the best ones, which can be purchased in health food shops and online.
* Date syrup or date sugar (not sugar at all) is made from dates, so it contains all the vitamins, minerals and fiber of the fruit. It can be used in equal parts as direct substitute for sugar, especially in baking. It is metabolized slowly so it does not cause energy highs and lows.
* Agave nectar is a natural juice extracted from agave, the same plant that's processed into tequila. Agave nectar does not cause dramatic blood sugar fluctuations so energy levels remain more consistent. It is 42 percent sweeter than white sugar, so less is needed in recipes.
*Xylitol is a widely approved sweetener for people with diabetes and sugar intolerance. It is extracted from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is a great tasting bulk sweetener with 40% less calories than sugar. The best part is that it is actually known to reduce the incidence of tooth decay and offer protection against cavities.
* Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. It has a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is calorie-free and doesn't upset blood sugar levels. In fact, it can actually assist in regulating blood-sugar levels.
Sheryl Walters is an experienced holistic health expert.
Her blog combines the world's most up to date scientific research on how to stay young naturally in both mind and body with a heartfelt, personal touch. When we have the right information and take some dedicated action, we can be in charge of our health and our aging process.