Sugar is our go to sweeter every time we want to sweeten our drinks and food.
But did you know that there are healthier alternatives to sugar and why do we have to consider using it instead of just consuming the regular stuff? Let us talk about sugar and the options you have to be healthier.
Sugar in any form has no nutrients and is bad for the teeth (because it provides digestible energy that is used by the bad bacteria in the mouth). Added sugar has high levels of fructose that is bad for your liver. When the sugar enters the bloodstream it is broken down into glucose (produced by the body) and fructose (there is no need for it in the body). Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver, if we eat sugar in moderation or if we got it from fruits it is not a problem since it will be turned into glycogen but if we eat too much sugar (except for fruits) the liver becomes overloaded with fructose forcing it to turn it into fat and can cause non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Of course the most common illness we hear when consuming too much sugar it diabetes, which is very true. Other reason include, sugar has fat promoting effects, it is highly addictive, it is the leading cause of obesity in both children and adults and it can raise you cholesterol and can lead you to heart disease.
Knowing about the bad things sugar can do to your body; the best way to go is to look for healthier alternatives. Below are some suggestions you can try, so that you can avoid sugar.
- Maple syrup. comprises of 70 percent sucrose with just a small amount of fructose. It is said to contain antioxidants that are good for the body.
- Agave syrup. Even if it contains fructose. The thing is, agave syrup is extremely sweet, so you would just need a small amount of it to sweeten up anything.
- Molasses. Rich in nutrients such us iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, calcium and potassium. It is also recommended for vegans, because of it being a source of iron.
- Honey. Raw honey contains nutrients and with it there is no processing included.
- Coconut palm sugar. Has low fructose content and is high in potassium and vitamin C.
- Stevia. Are the most common natural sweeteners. Though its not a source of nutrition, it does not affect ones blood sugar which is good especially for diabetics.
- Date sugar. Is made by pulverized dates, which makes it very sweet. It is often used for baking since it does not melt (not recommended for direct sugar substitutes, such us sweetener for your drinks).
Whatever your choices are. Too much of something is bad for you and when it comes to sugar, you have a choice if you will stick to your regular habits or switch to the natural and healthier way. Think and Taste, that’s the best way for you to decide.