5 Foods To Replace Refined Sugar
Best sweetener choices to maintain blood sugar
not all sugars are made the same
Some sugars are factory made by man, and some sugars are made from nature. When consuming carbohydrates, the best rule of thumb is to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. When it comes to your body, you don’t ever want to consume empty calories. Instead of consuming manufactured products that have been stripped down to mere sucralose which can cause inflammation and unstable blood sugar. Choose between the following sweet whole foods that can satisfy the sweet tooth while providing nutrients and helping to stabilize blood sugar. (Of course, all concentrated foods, including dense amounts of sugar should be consumed in moderation.)
Maple Syrup (Or Raw Local Honey):
100% pure maple syrup is an excellent choice for a sweetener. With its delicious taste also provides anti-cancer, antibacterial, potent antioxidants, and anti-diabetic properties, along with many essential nutrients. These include: Manganese, Riboflavin, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium.
Date sugar is made from dehydrating dates and grinding them into a powder. The entire date is still consumed and therefore, it is a much less refined choice than white sugar. Date sugar can easily be made at home with the use of a dehydrator and blender. Whole dates can also be used to sweeten meals and snacks, such as chopped up in oatmeal, in granola bars, home- made nut milks, trail mix, and yogurt.
cinnamon is not often thought of as a sweetener; however, when added to dishes, it adds a wonderful addition of subtle sweetness, flavor and aroma.
Whole fruit is sometimes feared by those sensitive to sugar, or diabetics. However, berries, apples and grapes actually help to control blood sugar while providing essential nutrition. Berries make a great addition to smoothies, home-made ice cream, oatmeal, salads, snacks, and water.
Reach for 80% cocoa, or higher. Dark chocolate (not milk) can help to curb any other craving for sweetness and provides antioxidants and polyphenols.