One of the best ways to lose weight, keep diabetes under control and improve your overall health is to utilize different food products as substitutes for refined sugar. The Food Buzz website states that refined sugars are said to deplete the body of its natural immunity thus making you more likely to be sick or catch colds after imbibing in sugar.
If you think you don’t each much refined sugar, consider this: Catherine Ziegler, a nutritionist and health coach reports in a video at Food Buzz’s website that people living in the US ingest a whopping 150 pounds of refined sugar each year.
You’ve probably tried sugar substitutes before. In the past, artificial sweeteners had mediocre flavor and caused your home-baked goods to flop if they were used in the place of white, granulated sugar. Some of us remember trying to use Sweet and Low in baking with not-so-great results. However, today, two natural products, honey and coconut palm sugar will help you more easily replace refined sugar in your diet.
A sugar substitute you’ve probably heard of, honey can be used to sweeten your iced tea or coffee. If you’re concerned about the glycemic index, be sure you buy raw honey rather than pasteurized honey. According to the Organic Living website, pasteurized honey could have corn syrup or other additives in it, which make it nearly as unhealthy as refined sugar, in terms of the glycemic index.
Honey can be used in baking but can get a little tricky if you’re using it as a substitute for granulated sugar in your recipes. That’s because honey will make your batter “wetter” than granulated sugar will.
So, when you want to bake with honey, consult websites that help you make baking substitutes, such as Cookies-in-Motion. According to Cookies-in-Motion, you can put the same amount of honey in a recipe as you would have for granulated sugar. However, then, you’ve got to decrease the amount of wet ingredients by ¼ of a cup for each cup of honey you use.
Coconut Palm Sugar
Have you heard of coconut palm sugar, also known as “coconut sugar?” Coconut sugar is produced from the flower blossoms of coconut trees. The flowers are cut open so the sap can be captured and heated. After heating, the sap turns into syrup that is then allowed to evaporate and ultimately crystalize so the coconut sugar can be sold in a granulated form.
The Food Buzz website states that coconut sugar has ½ the glycemic index as white, granulated sugar. Therefore, coconut sugar will aid diabetics to avoid extreme fluctuations in sugar levels. Although you might not yet find coconut sugar at your local grocery store, it can be purchased from various websites. At this link, you can purchase Sweet Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, which is USDA certified organic from Amazon’s website.
Consider trying honey or coconut sugar as substitutes for white refined sugar. You’ll most likely lose weight and improve your overall health.
Food Buzz website
Organic Living website