Americans are eating around 150 pounds of sugar EACH year! As Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS notes in her book Get the Sugar Out, sugar has been linked with multiple health problems [cancer, impaired immunity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes Type II, obesity, and many more]. Many parents notice that sugar also affects their child’s mood, activity level, and ability to concentrate. Let’s face it - most of us love sweets. So what are some sweet alternatives? Minimally processed sugars are natural and contain beneficial nutrients - and some do not cause rapid spikes in blood sugar like the white table sugar.
Sweet Alternatives [with quantity to replace 1 cup white sugar]
*Honey [1/2 cup]
*Maple Syrup [1/3 cup]
*Blackstrap Molasses [1/2 cup]
*Date Sugar [1 cup]
*Sucanat [1 cup]
*Stevia [2 Tbs]
Honey [Caution: NOT for infants]
Contains trace amounts of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
REAL, not imitation filled with corn syrup & artificial flavorings
Contains trace amounts of vitamins & minerals
Contains iron and other minerals
Whole can sugar
Unlike processed white and brown sugar, sucanat retains its molasses content.
Date sugar is not a sugar, it's finely ground dates containing all of the fruit's nutrients and minerals.
Stevia - The Sweet Herb
Staple in South American & Japanese cooking for decades.
Use the green or brown [whole] stevia extracts or powders which contains phytonutrients.
If you're not familiar with using stevia, start with a little and taste as you go - too much can turn sweet to bitter.
3 Simple Ways to REDUCE Sugar Intake
1. Eat REAL food loaded with Complex Carbohydrates: Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes, Nuts & Whole Grains Whole foods contain naturally occurring sugar WITH fiber to slow down the absorption of sugar, keeping your blood sugar in check
2. Avoid Processed food full of Simple Carbohydrates: All baked goods with White or Wheat Flour [including bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, many cereals] & Sugar, Corn Syrup, Fruit Juice, Candy, Soda Pop Processed foods have sugar WITHOUT fiber which is quickly absorbed, causing a rapid spike and drop in your blood sugar
3. Read All Food Labels: Avoid products whose top 3 ingredients include sugar and simple carbohydrates
Susan McCreadie, MD is a Holistic Pediatrician and co-founder of get REAL for kids™. She shows parents how to find REAL health for their child, so they can stop treating their child's symptoms and instead find solutions that help their child heal from the inside out.
Resources: Get the Sugar Out
by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS