Sugar plays a huge role in a modern life. It is added to multiple food products, not only sweets, but also dairy, bakery, meat and seasonings. You can easily find it even in pharmaceutical drugs and infants’ food.
Although it has neither nutritional value nor health benefits, we spoil ourselves, our friends and kids with sweet products containing tons of it. Unfortunately, sugar has a dark power that easily destroys our health if eaten in excess. If you could imagine the darkest unlikeable comics anti superhero – that is sugar.
Did you know that sugar is more addictive than alcohol and drugs and may cause many health conditions? Let’s name just a few of them: weight gain, diabetes, coronary heart disease, heart attack, several types of cancer, kidney disease, gall and kidney stones, arthritis, asthma, yeast infection, tooth decay, headaches, weakening of the eyesight, hormonal imbalances, depression, and anxiety.
Sugar can suppress your immune system. Pretty relevant in our times, huh? Sugar is highly addictive and cutting it off from your diet at once may be frustrating. If it works for you that’s great but if you keep failing with the all out challenge, baby steps will be better, and work better for most of us.
Are you willing to make some healthy changes in your diet now and learn more about sugar? If your answer is yes that’s great! You will find more educational articles here soon!
Now let’s start with a first superhero mission to fight sugar in your life, successfully.
- To begin with, give yourself a tour in your home and discover how many products you can find there that contain sugar.
- Then, write down everything you eat today and check how much sugary products are in your diet.
- Finally, think about why you would like to give up on sugar, what it would take and what would be the benefits of the “less-sugar-life”.
- Visualization of good changes is a powerful tool and a great strategy to start any changes in your nutrition habits.
Good luck with your discovery mission!
To make the mission easier, learn about healthy sugar replacements so you can still have a dessert but healthier and more nourishing one.
Sugar gives you empty calories. There are other ways to enjoy your cookie, sometimes without even bringing more calories! Let’s take a look at the nutritious side of some of the alternative sweeteners:
1. Raw honey
It’s a natural superfood! That means it has all the goodness your body needs: enzymes, antioxidants, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, riboflavin and niacin. Combined with no-bake desserts (loses its power in high temperature), will help you to repair your skin and hair issues, provide you a better sleep and treat some infections!
Dried goodness of potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B6. They are easy to digest and help with metabolizing proteins, fats and carbohydrates. They are extremely sweet – and combined with some nuts may be a great idea for a midday snack!
With almost twice less calories compared to white sugar and no fructose inside, xylitol is a great solution as an excellent sweet alternative. What is more, it starves the bad bacteria in the mouth and has major benefits for dental health! It may also increase collagen production and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
This no-calorie sweetener supports healthy blood sugar levels and prompts weight loss. It’s diabetics friendly, improves cholesterol levels and lowers the blood pressure.
5. Maple syrup
Extremely rich in antioxidants, it’s also a magnificent source of calcium, potassium, zinc and manganese. It’s heat stable, so you will find it in many of the baking goodies here!
6. Coconut sugar
Rich in mineral content and with low glycemic load. Coconut sugar is known as a great holder of polyphenols, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, antioxidants, phosphorus and other phytonutrients.
Which of the healthy forms will you choose to spoil yourself with on your mission to sugar free life?
Coach Lucy, PhD in the cooperation with Sweet & Fit Vegas
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Disclaimer: prior to making any changes to your diet discuss it with your dietitian or physician.