Going Refined Sugar Free
Going refined sugar free.
It can be a bit daunting unless you’re a part of the I Quit Sugar program which takes you on an 8 week guided journey towards being 100% sugar free. It’s also a great introduction to the Paleo style of eating as well which is a bonus.
My Goodness Organics are big advocates for a refined sugar free diet. All of our meals are 100% free of cane sugar in all it’s forms.
As the trend towards weening ourselves off sugar in our diets gains traction, we thought it wise to give you the low down on some of the best choices for alternative sweeteners that are refined sugar free.
Just a couple of reminders for you as to why refined sugar is so harmful to your health before we get started
-It triggers weight gain
-Weakens your immune system
-Exposes us to chronic infection and autoimmune disease
-Diabetes….. say no more
-Chronic joint pain
-Irritable Bowl Syndrome
-Chronic Fatigue or Adrenal Fatigue
So without further ado, here are some other fab options for you to bring some sweetness back into your life.
Brown Rice Syrup
Zero fructose contained in this great, syrup based sweetener meaning there are no insulin spikes and it doesn’t burden the liver. BRS is perfect for those diabetes sufferers and fructose sensitive souls out there. It’s made from boiled down brown rice that turns into a porridge like consistency. Nothing else is added. Being a liquid, it’s not going to be a good replacement for all baked goods but for things like sauces, puddings and raw cheesecakes it’s perfect.
In it’s raw state is a valuable source of minerals, vitamins and is a fantastic preventative agent for seasonal allergies. It does however cause blood sugar spikes so use sparingly. Use as you would brown rice syrup or in combination with coconut sugar.
It’s probably our favourite alternative sweetener because of it’s zero calorie nature, zero GI index and amazing health boosting properties. There is research coming out at the moment which suggests that it could actually reverse diabetes! Early days yet but it really does have some brilliant medicinal components. It comes in many forms these days, avoid the white processed powdered form and go for liquid extract or pure green leaf form. We use it alone in our smoothies or combined with brown rice syrup in baked goods when you don’t want to increase the calorie load too much.
Coconut Sugar/ Nectar
Made from the sap of flowering coconut palms, it is loaded with nutrients such as potassium, calcium and iron as well as lots of antioxidants. It does however have the same blood sugar spiking affects of sugar and should be used sparingly as with honey. It tastes like caramel and is awesome in cakes and cookies.
They are full of fiber, potassium, copper, magnesium and vitamin b6 so despite being relatively high in natural sugars they are very nutrient dense and perfect for an afternoon pick me up or for athlete energy performance. Generally raw cakes and slices contain dates a plenty and therefore a massive energy hit as well so it’s best to go for small serves and occasionally. Raw Caramel Sauce anyone??
As long as you use the real deal 100% pure maple syrup and not the crap that’s actually high fructose corn syrup, it does contain some nutritional content. It’s really really tasty as well and generally you don’t need much of it to provide a good level of sweetness.
So that’s an overview for you on the world of alternative sweeteners. Now that you’re familiar with them, here’s some rad recipes for you to have a crack at!