About Healthy Sugar
These days, it’s difficult to purchase food from the grocery store that isn’t overloaded with processed, man-made sugar. Sugar is added to practically any processed food because people love sugar! Unfortunately, the amount of added sugar in food has increased over decades as consumers have gained a higher tolerance for sweet flavors. Between the constant increase in added sugar and their high tolerance, people have become addicted to sugar without realizing it. Now, it’s very difficult to eat food without sugar or to cut sugar out of our diets completely. The key to eating healthy foods without added sugar is to consume and use foods with natural, healthy sugar, or simple sugar, in them. Check the article 4 Ways How Sugar Make Us Obese.
Fruits commonly have a high source of simple sugar, as well as nectars and some vegetables. See how…
Most fruits contain a higher amount of natural sugar than many other foods. Apples are a great source of sugar, and they work as a sweetener in juice, in baking and even in savory entrees. Berries are also a great food for adding sweetness to a meal. There are many recipes online for creating syrup with berries, which can be added to baked goods and sauces.
There are two common nectars that are easy to find in grocery stores, and they make a fantastic 1:1 replacement for white sugar. Honey is the most common nectar that you can use in place of sugar. Honey is naturally very sweet, and you can easily replace sugar with honey in recipes, particularly for baked goods. Agave nectar is the second most common nectar, and can be used similarly like honey.
Although most vegetables have less natural sugar than fruit, vegetables are much healthier for you, and can be used in every day cooking as a source of sugar. Carrots and bell peppers are both vegetables with a high natural sugar content. Use these vegetables to sweeten sauces, soups and even dips!
There are many simple ways to cut added sugar out of your diet. The worst offender to your health is soda. Any soda is terrible for your health, and doctors frequently advise to avoid drinking soda at all costs. It may be difficult at first, so try replacing soda with another carbonated beverage, such as flavored carbonated water. You may also consider purchasing a juicer to use at home. Instead of buying processed juice from grocery stores, you can make your own juice at home from fruits and vegetables without adding any additional sugar. Try to pay attention to when you add sugar to your food at home. Do you normally add a spoonful of sugar to your coffee? Try stirring in a tablespoon of honey instead.
Cutting added sugar out of your diet may be hard at first, but once you get into a routine, you’ll notice that your taste buds will return to normal. Natural foods will start to taste sweet again, and that glass of soda will actually taste too sweet for you to enjoy. Stick to a plan, and your body will thank you in the end.
Article provided by: Jessica Lewandowski