So, we here in the UK have had a little health scare recently with parents being urged to sign up for a free app that tells them the sugar content of food and drinks.
The “sugar smart app”, from Public Health England, works by scanning barcodes and revealing the total sugar amount in cubes or grams.
The bitter truth is that sugar isn’t all that great for your body. It's found in almost all of the foods and drinks we enjoy, even savoury things! While it would be near impossible to cut sugar out of your diet entirely, there are many things you can substitute for refined sugar. I have them right here for you!
First and foremost, there are major differences between honey and raw honey! Regular honey contains little to no pollen and is packed with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS), which was been linked to diabetes, obesity, and liver damage.
Raw honey on the other hand has all the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes intact! It also contains powerful antioxidants that help ward off allergies by boosting the immune function and balances blood sugar levels.
Ideal for baking, Molasses brings you all the nutrients removed from refined sugar, including: iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
For all my ladies, the calcium and magnesium make molasses a great and healthy way to relieve menstrual cramps.
Everyone knows coconut oil is life, but have you tried coconut sugar?
Containing a fibre called Inulin, coconut sugar slows glucose absorption making it a great alternative for diabetics. It also contains nutrients like zinc, potassium, and calcium but it is high in calories!
Agave syrup is made by boiling leaves from the blue agave plant (which is also used to make agave tequila, yum!). Agave nectar is much sweeter than sugar, which means you’ll probably need less of this product to sweeten your food and drinks. But, use it in moderation because of it’s very high fructose content.
Dates are loaded with fibre, which helps lower cholesterol as well as fight and prevent obesity. The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamin family which help with the metabolism of food and the formation of new blood cells.
Now, whilst all the alternatives above are a little bit healthier than your regular sugar, this doesn’t mean you can go crazy and pour a whole jar of honey in your tea! Public Health England’s recommendation for our daily sugar limit is 30g or seven sugar cubes.
Please note: If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor before you make any kind of changes to your diet, especially when it comes to your sugar intake!
Words by Taylor-Dior Rumble (@XO_TDR)