There has been a lot of publicity of late regarding sugar and its relationship with the diabetes and obesity epidemic. All sugars affe
your insulin balance and metabolism. If
you have diabetes, candida, yeast or fungal infe ctions,
autoimmunity or are having a battle with your waistline, all sugars should be
avoided. Artificial sweeteners (zero
calorie sweeteners) are no better solutions as they can be toxic to your
body. One in three adult New Zealanders
is obese, and this is a serious health crisis.
If you fall into that category, please avoid all natural and artificial
However, if you are a healthy adult, you can have some natural sugars from raw honey or maple syrup. For both these sweeteners, choose the darker varieties. NZ a
manuka honey is known for its non-peroxide antiba cterial
a ctivities, which is unique and has
been proven to rea ct against Staph
aureus. All honeys contain peroxide
antiba cterial a ctivity.
Honey is high in fru ctose (with
some sucrose and glucose), as well as minerals and vitamins. Honey is also a demulcent which soothes the
mouth and throat. But, if you are
diabetic, insulin resistant, FODMAP and/or overweight, you should not consume
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener from the sap of the maple tree. It is rich in minerals, particularly sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese, vitamins and polyphenol antioxidants. Maple syrup is high in sucrose (with some fru
and glucose). It has a lower glycemic
index than table sugar and less processed.
On the other hand, there is agave, table sugar, artificial sweeteners and high fru
syrup. These sweeteners are a no go,
because they are low in antioxidants, some are even artificial, as the name
suggests and toxic, so using them to sweeten will just raise your blood sugar,
crease an insulin spike, without any other added benefits of antioxidants,
minerals or nutritional benefit.
And the whole idea of sugar free? You need to be cautious! If you see the label “Sugar Free”, always check if there are artificial sweeteners. Technically there is no added sugar, but the produ
is still sweet. The only acceptable
sugar free substitute is if it is sweetened with Stevia or Lovia which
typically are plant based sweeteners, Stevia from the stevia plant and Lovia
from combining Buddha’s fruit and stevia.
Avoiding processed foods is a good way of avoiding added sugar.