Added sugar may be the single most unhealthy ingredient in the modern human diet.
Did you know that the average American consumes approximately 140 pounds of sugar per year? That’s right! Approximately 140 pounds in a single year. We get it. Sugar cravings can leave you longing after that favorite, sugar-filled treat of yours. Research demonstrates that sugar has a similar effect on the brain to powerful illegal drugs and that it can be as addictive as cocaine.
The problem is…a wide range of chronic diseases is associated with excessive added sugar consumption: obesity, dental caries, metabolic syndrome with impaired glucose tolerance and/or diabetes, elevated blood lipids, hypertension. Furthermore, excessive added sugar intake can lead to increased inflammation, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and negative effects on learning and memory.
THE GOOD NEWS IS…YOU CAN STILL ENJOY THE DELICIOUS SWEETNESS OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS WITHOUT THE NUMEROUS NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS OF ADDED SUGAR!
Trying to kick your sugar addiction? Or just explore other healthier wholistic options out now?
Anthony & I share our top 3 favorites (including examples of products…Anthony and Dina approved :).
Xylitol is a naturally occurring and found in most plants, including fruits and vegetables. It is used to prevent cavities. Dog owners should know though that it is toxic to your pet and if accidentally eaten your dog needs immediate vet care.
2. Monk Fruit Sweetener
Monk Fruit Sweetener is made from the extract of Monk Fruit, native to Southeast Asia.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use as a sweetener in 2010, but it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
3. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar, is made from the sap of the coconut palm tree. The sap is mixed with water , boiled into syrup and allowed to dry and crystallized Then the dried sap is broken apart to create sugar granules that are very similar to cane sugar.