That is why sugar is addictive, our bodies actually crave it from a physiological level. So what can we do about? Well I am not going to suggest cutting sugar out of you life but how about integrating some small changes and looking at options which satisfy without wreaking havoc on your body.
Natural sweeteners such as maple, stevia, raw honey, and coconut sugar are sugar sources which are close to their pure natural state, this means they have retained their own specific nutritional profile which has not been destroyed by heating, processing or refining. They should only be used in moderation but are a great alternative to white, raw and brown sugar. I have already highlighted coconut sugar so lets look at a few others and how you can use them
Pure Maple Syrup
Maple syrup has been around for centuries with over 80% of the worlds supply produced in Canada. Maple is the sugary circulating fluid ( sap ) in maple trees. There are two grades A and B…..B is the darker amber colour and is said to be higher in nutrients.
I use this a lot especially in raw slices, raw balls, baking and to sweeten smoothies.
Maple contains manganese, zinc, iron, potassium and calcium and is very low in fructose
Be sure that you buy real pure maple syrup NOT maple flavoured syrup.
Stevia is actually derived from a plant and has been around for centuries mainly used by the South Americans. It is thought to be approx 200 times sweeter than table sugar ( so you only need a teeny bit ) It is low calorie and can be used in hot drinks and baking. However the main issue with Stevia is that because it has zero calories when you eat it your body thinks it’s eating something sweet when its not so it starts to go through a confused hormonal response which can lead to all sorts of problems. This is very similar to when you use artificial sweeteners and according to Dr Mark Hyman “ Artificial sweeteners have shown to make changes in the brains hormonal releases which can slow down the metabolism and enhance weight gain”.
This is the unprocessed and unpasturized version of honey, in its most pure natural from. Raw honey has loads of energizing B vitamins, Vitamin C, enzymes and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is also widely documented to build up your immune system to allergens by exposing our bodies to bee pollen.
I use it to sweeten tea and can be added to just about anything. Just make sure you are buying raw honey, it will say it on the label. Best bet is a local health store or local bee farmers.
Dates, raisins and currants are also fantastic as well
So there you have it, a brief run down on some alternatives. But just remember they are all still sources of calories and must be eaten in moderation.