This week I want to focus on safer options for sweeteners. Have you ever considered why so many people have a bad perception of sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup? Further more, why is sugar thought to be so bad when it occurs naturally in many "good for you" foods like fruits?
Believe it or not, natural sugar isn't bad. The problem lies in the amount of it we consume and also in finding the truly naturally occurring sugars INSTEAD of the chemical ones.
Natural Sugars to Try:
Raw agave (cactus nectar), coconut nectar and/or 100% stevia are good options.
Raw honey, raw cane and pure maple syrup are good too but can disrupt blood sugar levels. (Note: Raw means the food has not been heated and thus the nutrients have NOT been destroyed.)
Dates (medjool) are a great snack and chopped/blended for a wonderful fruit sweetener.
For a treat try seeding a few, then place an almond in middle with raw coconut. YUM! Best almond joy ever!
Your Action Step: Try a different sweetener and let me know what you think in the comments below. One warning is that with stevia products and ALL products, READ the ingredient label carefully. Some stevia is not 100% stevia and many other products make claims on the packaging that are not supported in the ingredients. Remember product packaging and wording ISN'T regulated so beware and do your homework before committing to buy.
For example, many stevia producers state their product is "natural". However, if the first ingredient is not stevia, put it back on the shelf.
Next we'll discuss the top 3 chemical sweeteners and the damage they cause the body.