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We all know that processed white sugar is not good for us at all. Why?
- Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- For people who are inactive and eat a Western diet, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver.
- Excess fructose gets turned into fat, which can lodge in the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- When people eat a lot of sugar, it can cause resistance to the hormone insulin, which can contribute to many diseases.
- Because of the harmful effects of sugar on the function of insulin, it is a leading driver of type II diabetes.
- There is considerable evidence that sugar, due to its harmful effects on metabolism, can contribute to cancer.
- Fructose doesn’t cause satiety in the brain or lower the hunger hormone ghrelin nearly as much as glucose.
- Because sugar causes a large release of dopamine in the brain, it can cause addiction in a lot of people.
- Because of the effects of sugar on hormones and the brain, sugar dramatically increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese
- Not surprisingly, many observational studies find a strong statistical association between sugar consumption and the risk of heart disease.
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There are alternatives to white processed sugar. See the many options below.
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Made from the sap of coconut-tree blossoms, this sweetener is loaded with zinc, potassium, iron, and vitamin B. “It also contains less fructose than table sugar, which is helpful because fructose is tough for your body to break down and metabolize,” says New York City nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg.
Best uses: Despite the name, there’s no coconut flavor; it has more of a caramel taste, which works well in coffee or tea. Because it’s granular, it’s also a great substitute for white or brown sugar in recipes.
Research shows that pure maple syrup – straight from the tree, not the cheap stuff made from corn syrup flavored with maple extract – can contain up to 54 antioxidant compounds, some of which may help combat cancer and diabetes.
Best uses: Besides pouring it over pancakes, try this spicy syrup in homemade ice cream, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, and glazes or gravies for pork.
What is your favorite healthy alternative sugar? Do you have a recipe that you would like to share using your favorite healthy sugar alternative?