Guess what day it is? Healthy Eating Train (H.E.T.) day! Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked about how to make salads not suck, to some basic do’s and don’ts. This week, I’m covering the dreaded topic of sugar.
Sweeteners, you saucy minx. You’ve probably heard the phrase that this chemical is “as addictive as cocaine.” Which, scary enough, is true. Your body reacts to them in the same way. Ever try cutting it out and you feel that rage? Well, that’s your bod detoxing. Freaky huh?
Sugar turns your body into a rollercoaster ride. You need more and more, and you get that spike in blood sugar, then crash soon after. How to remedy? More sugar! Eek. Know what else turns you into a rollercoaster ride? Carbs. Read a little more about this here.
So back to the topic at hand. Or should I being saying the fake version of the condiment? Splenda (sucralose), saccharin, aspartame – all that stuff is artificial and you should beware. Why? Well well.
They fuel our sweets addiction by spiking the blood sugar, which you read above. They have stuff in them you’d be shocked to learn. For instance? Splenda has chlorine in it. Yep! Read more about that here.
Another not-fun fact? Truvia is nasty nasty too. You wanna know why? It’s not 100% stevia. The ingredient lists: Erythritol, Rebiana and Natural Flavors. Um. No thanks. Try this brand below (SweetLeaf). Unless it says 100% stevia, it’s definitely not good. PureVia is the same deal, just made by Pepsi Co. (Truvia is made by a company partnered with Coco-Cola). Source.
I know I pictured honey in the above image, and while it’s all natural, it’s not the worst you could do. But my favorite selection on the map? Coconut sugar (coconut palm sugar). My mom actually brought this to my attention a couple years ago and wow, what a rad little choice we have here.
Calorie-wise, it’s about the same as regular sugar (15 cals per teaspoon), but the kicker is it’s about 70 to 79 percent sucrose and only three percent to nine percent each of fructose and glucose. Why is that good? Your bod doesn’t want/need all that fructose and to make this make a little more sense, cane sugar is 50 percent fructose. Eek. Don’t even get me started on high fructose corn syrup.
Coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index which means it raises your blood sugar half as much as regular cane sugar. So you end up with limited spikes in blood sugar, which minimizes those cravings.
One last caveat: sugar is sugar…and at the end of the day, it’s best to minimize the consumption of anything processed. But, hey, we’re not perfect so why not give you the tools to get by a little easier.
And that’s all I’ve got for the healthy eating train this week. What topic do you want to hear about next?