In order to get refined sugar, there is a process that removes the molasses from raw sugarcane. Raw sugar is brown, not white. Now, most of us probably have been consuming white sugar for years in the form of granulated sugar, sugar cubes, or powdered sugar. You may want to consider trying some healthier alternatives. Some reasons are:
- It increases blood sugar levels. Refer to my blog post entitled How to Avoid Diabetes. Blood sugar levels spike; dopamine increases and secreted insulin drops blood sugar levels. The cycle begins again when blood sugar levels drop, and the hunger and cravings start.
- It is addictive. Just as some people struggle with drug addiction, it’s the same with sugar. I have friends and acquaintances that put multiple packets of sugar in their cups of coffee and tea. We all know folks that drink soda after soda on a daily basis. They need the sugar “high”. Refer to my blog post on Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda-Regular and Diet.
- It depresses your immune system. Consuming too much sugar inhibits the immune system cells to attack bacteria. For example, diabetics, whose bodies produce little or no insulin, are prone to frequent yeast infections because the yeast is attracted to sugar.
Here are some healthier, natural alternatives.
- Stevia-you can find this at any health food store, Trader Joe’s, or you can order it on Amazon
- Honey-make sure it’s all natural and not the blend
- Maple syrup-you can purchase from any grocery or gourmet food store
- Molasses-this results from refining sugarcane or sugar beets
- Agave nectar-this is extracted from the blue agave plant
For some healthy additions:
- Try adding honey and fruit to plain oatmeal. Instant, flavored oatmeal has lots of sugar.
- Now that the weather is getting cooler, you can add stevia, honey, or agave nectar to a cup of hot tea. They all work well.
- For coffee, depending on how you like it, just add flavored creamer and not sugar. There are many non-dairy, gluten-free creamers on the market. This is how I like my coffee.