Have a look at the ingredient list of any of those staples mentioned, you’re sure to find “hidden sugar” in there, listed as: Brown Rice Syrup, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Fruit Juice, Invert Sugar, Cane Sugar, Cane Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice, Raw Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Beet Sugar, Palm Sugar, Date Sugar, Coconut Sugar, Barley Malt, Malt Syrup, Rice Bran Syrup, Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup Solids, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Glucose, Glucose Solids, Fructose, Sucrose, Molasses, Caramel and the list goes on.
It’s impossible for you to control sugar consumption unless you cut out or limit processed food in your daily diet. Check the ingredient list, and you’ll find there are not much from those aisles that you can safely consume on a daily basis without harming your body. So, skip the processed aisles, and hit the fresh produce sections instead. Eat in instead of eating out.
Of course, as always, we want eating healthy to be enjoyable, delicious and fun, not restrictive and awful (even for the sweet-tooths out there). Here are a few sugar alternatives from natural sources that are better for you - these are natural sugar which are not “empty-calorie”, not processed, not harmful, and in fact, these alternatives are nutritious and beneficial for your health.
Sugar Alternative #1: Dates
Fun fact: Dates are considered a fruit! They are naturally high in sugar but have a low glycemic index (GI), hence does not cause a blood sugar spike like processed sugar does!
Sugar Alternative #2: Raw Honey
Important Note: Please make sure the honey you’re purchasing are 100% raw, unprocessed honey. There is nothing beneficial about processed honey as the nutrients are completely destroyed.
Sugar Alternative #3: Lucuma
Tip: Add lucuma powder into any of your smoothies to make it not just yummier but more nutritious!
Erina @ Lifestyle