One of the best places to start swapping refined foods for more natural products is by swapping out refined sugars—such as white and brown sugars—and cutting back our sugar consumption to the ten percent of our daily calories as suggested by the FDA’s daily recommended values.
Refined sugars can affect out health in many ways, including…
- affecting pancreas and liver
- causing allergies, both seasonal and food allergies
- feeding fungus, bacteria, viruses, and other parasites that stress the whole body
- radically lowering the body’s immune system
A new term that I have had to learn ever since my husband was diagnosed as having diabetes is “glycemic Index.” From what I have learned over the last few months since this diagnosis, the glycemic index shows how much glucose is released by a particular food over a two to three-hour period. The more quickly a food releases glucose the higher that food is according to the glycemic index.
Foods that rank lower on the GI scale release glucose slower and more steadily, without causing a sudden spike of glucose in the blood, which in turn results is a large release of insulin, resulting in the excess glucose being stored as fat instead of causing us to have more energy….not to mention often resulting in a rapid drop in blood sugar and making us hungry.
So recently I have been trying to find the best natural sweeteners that I can use, both for baking or cooking, as well as adding to my morning coffee.
I have been trying to find sugar that will be easier for to digest and process, and have the most health benefits….something to replace the “regular” sugar that I normally use…the sugar that actually comes from genetically modified beets and GMO corn…which means they’re processed in and of themselves.
Some of the best natural and “healthier” sweeteners that I have found to be recommended include…
- Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame-K or Ace-K)…
- Apple Juice
- Barley Malt Syrup
- Black Strap Molasses
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Coconut Palm Sugar
- Date Sugar and Dried Dates
- Evaporated Cane Juice
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Maple Syrup
- Organic Sugar
- Raw Sugar
- Refined Table Sugar
- Sugar Alcohols or Polyols—such as maltitol, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol
- Sugar Cane Juice
- Sweet N’ Low
Join me in this next set of posts about some of these sugar options, and which ones we should keep on our grocery list and which ones we should completely cross off…and then wait for my Muffins and Magnolias Master Grocery List in the Making…
It will be sweet…