We know that Sugar is derived from the sugarcane plant. Though the source is natural, sugar is extracted by a man-made process. Originally sugar was not bad, over the time, too much sugar consumption has led to its unpopularity.
Raw cane sugar is the unrefined version of the regular granulated sugar. Many packaged foods and fast foods include sugars in various forms such as high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, malt sugar etc. Natural sugar called fructose is available in fruits, which are good for health and they also contain nutrients and fiber.
Consuming organic cane sugar in beverages is better than processed foods, which have high amounts of hidden sugars. On average, a person should consume no more than spoons of sugar per day, according to the American heart association(AHA).
1. Substitute sugar with organic alternatives
To name a few, Honey, stevia, and jaggery(similar to molasses) etc fall under this category. Though honey has more calories than sugar, it contains enzymes which are good for health. Jaggery has an intensely sweet taste, rich in iron and other nutrients. Stevia is a natural plant product which is extremely sweet and is considered safe alternative to granulated sugar
2. Fruits with natural add-ons instead of desserts
Instead of indulging in rich sugary desserts, one can make themselves desserts with seasonal fruits, cinnamon, honey, dry fruits to satisfy taste buds. Dark chocolate is a good alternative to regular desserts. Your cravings will be fulfilled.
3. Say ‘No’ to packaged food
Observe the labels and its nutritional information. Manufacturers claim that their products are low fat, they do so by substituting fat with sugars. customers do not pay attention to these minute details. To improve taste, additives like high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, concentrates etc are added. It is not a healthy option to consume these products. It is always better to have unprocessed foods as much as possible.
4. Eat small portions of food
Instead of 3 big meals, it’s a good habit to eat small to moderate portions of food throughout the day. This keeps sugar cravings at bay due to a healthy metabolism. Eat what you can burn and not more. Stay active for better digestion and energy.
5. Say ‘NO’ to carbonated drinks and beverages
Cold drinks and other carbonated beverages are loaded with insane amounts of sugar and other additives/concentrates. Stay away from such drinks and switch to natural drinks like coconut water or homemade lemonade, orange juice, or smoothies.
Being a human is a blessing, make the best of it. Happy and sweet!