Let’s get real. There is nothing “natural” about high fructose corn syrup, table sugar or brown sugar. Without man manipulating cane sugar or corn none of these products would exist.
Our waist lines would be slimmer, our brain and body chemistry would function better. Last but not least, without manmade sweeteners, our emotional inner harmony would be improved and learning would be easier.
Sugar comes through our mouth into our digestive system then quickly passes into the blood through enzymes in the small intestine creating the sugar high and shortly after the low.
To help curb the need to eat or drink sugary foods or drinks, so you can keep your weight and health in check, follow these tips.
Decrease or avoid breads, dried fruits coated in sugar or sweetener, crackers where sugars might be hiding. Learn to identify terms that mean added sugars on the ingredients list, including sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, crystallized fructose, dextrin, honey, invert sugar, maple syrup, raw sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, corn sweeteners, agave, evaporated cane juice, glucose-fructose, granulated fructose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, malt, molasses, aspartamine, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, stevia. and turbinado sugar.
If you take your coffee with sugar, try adding a small piece of cinnamon stick or vanilla bean to your cup. It adds flavor without adding caloric sweeteners.
When baking, reduce the amount of sugar in baking of muffins, breads and baked desserts. substitute apple or sweet vegetable puree like carrots or squash blended up to replace the commercial sugar and gain vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Sweeten other food items with vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, or allspice can naturally sweeten a recipe.
Top your breakfast waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit compote instead of syrup or have a high quality green protein fruit shake to replace a meal. Drinking a bottle of just juices is a waste of time and your waist besides being hard on your brain integration and your immune system. Giving yourself or your children a bottle of juice to drink at school on the playing field or at work will be counter productive to quality thinking and coordination.
Eliminate regular soda and caloric-sweetened beverages, by replacing them with Kombucha or green tea and lemon. High quality water is always the best and healthiest drink. Most Americans are chronically under hydrated water. “If you do not like to drink water add lemon or lime juice, a small amount of fresh fruit juice, or pieces of frozen fruit to it.
Avoid processed cereals or yogurts with added sweeteners.
As often as possible eat healthy whole organic foods or at least the freshest locally grown food you can get.
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