While sugar is a must ingredient in sweet treats, the effects of consuming too much sugar are not so sweet, either on the waistline or on the body in general.
Excess sugar can rob the body of minerals, can impact dental health, can trigger inflammation, along with a series of other health issues like osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.
Sugar consumption can also stress the nervous systems and mess up normal hormonal balances and functions making you feel crappy.
In fact, the more sugar you eat, the more affected your immune system becomes. With additional factors like stress and inflammation, higher levels of insulin circulating the body create more opportunity for cancer cells to grow and divide.
And it is not simply white sugar but any of its forms like artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Equal, Sweet’Low, and Splenda that are equally harmful and should not be consumed. If any of these words are spotted on labels, the product contains sugar in some form or another and its use should be avoided or minimized at least.
Other names that sugar commonly goes by may include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), lactose, maltose, malt, malt syrup and sucrose (table sugar).
All these ingredients are sugar in the form of simple carbohydrates which are rapidly broken down by the body causing insulin spikes. Stay away from these and opt for complex carbohydrates instead which are broken down at a slower rate and do not result in insulin spikes.
Complex carbohydrates found in fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, grapefruit are sugars that are in their natural form and do not affect the body in a negative manner.
If you must sweeten your recipes choose good alternative sweeteners like raw organic agave or stevia (herb sweetener) to satisfy your sweet cravings.