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Okay, so the truth is that the whole sugar thing totally overwhelms me, well at least it used to.
I used to ask myself, should I be eating the white refined stuff, or raw agave nectar or maple syrup or honey or coconut sugar or brown sugar or palm sugar or ….holy crackers…I don’t know…???
So after much research and sugary soul searching my philosophy is this…raw, cold pressed, fair trade, natural, local or regional.
I read an article recently that said don’t eat agave syrup…all the while I had a bottle in the fridge that I had been adding to everything thinking that it was okay…I got overwhelmed and then freaked out and then I thought, you know what this is my life, my body, my decision.
If you aren’t vegan, then, cold pressed, local honey is the go…delicious and sweet and sustainable. If you make vegan choices perhaps organic rice syrup is the choice for you, it is easy to attain, from an extraction process perspective, not necessarily a purchasing process, but it’s fair trade and low GI and very tasty.
I eat, raw cold pressed honey, organic rice syrup and occasionally raw organic palm sugar, fair trade.
BUT, there is caveat in deciding that ‘raw’ or ‘natural’ sugar is better than the other stuff and the caveat is, pay attention to your own body.
After I have eaten something with sugar in it, including ANY of those mentioned above, I have a reaction… my bowel reactions are different, I feel different, I sleep different…in fact often, if I have eaten it before bed, I don’t sleep at all AND in the morning, well, let me say…grog bog…without the alcohol, because, according to the body, sugar behaves in exactly the same way as alcohol… so be warned. Not pretty, nor smart!
Sugar, whatever way it comes to us, is not that brilliant, so eat it sparingly and with caution, but also, have fun enjoying experimenting with new flavours and tastes!
Submitted By Rebel Black – Traditional Wisdom Warrior – Wholefoods for the What Can I Eat – Focus On Emagazine – Let’s Party for Special Occasions
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It is believed that cane sugar was discovered before the birth of Christ. As early as 500 B.C., India was said to have a “reed which gives honey without bees.” This reed would later become known as sugar cane.
The invasion of Arabs into India nearly 1,000 years later in 642 A.D. led to the spread of sugar cane to the rest of the world. The Arabs discovered sugar cane and learned how it was processed by the Indians. They brought the cane with them as they conquered much of Europe, introducing it to lands such as North Africa and Spain. For many years, however, the rest of Europe was stuck with honey, because sugar did not make it to the west until the crusades. The first record of sugar in England occurs in the year 1099.
Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. There are two types of sugars – monosaccharides, which include glucose, fructose and galactose, are made of one sugar molecule, and disaccharides are made of two sugar molecules linked together. Disaccharides are formed when monosaccharides combine – for example, when glucose and fructose are combined, they form sucrose, also known as table sugar. Other disaccharides include maltose, dextrose and lactose. When many sugar molecules are linked together, they form a complex carbohydrate, also known as a starch.
Invert Sugar, Mannitol, Sorbitol, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrins, granulated sugar, and Xylitol. Added sugars can come from corn, beet, grape or sugar cane, which are processed before being added to foods. Sugars can also be naturally occurring (in fruit) or added (in soda).
Sugar provides the sweet flavour to foods to which it has been added, and it may also act as a preservative and flavour enhancer. Sugar is used in a variety of foods, including cookies, cakes, pickles, ice cream, alcohol and jams and jellies. Types of sugar include raw sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, maple sugar and corn syrup.
Sugar gives the body energy, but too much sugar is unhealthy. Sugar, provides 16 calories per teaspoon, but provides no vitamins and minerals, so it’s a good idea to use it in moderation. Overconsumption of sugar, like other carbohydrates, has been linked to the development of cavities. However, sugar consumption has not been linked to hyperactivity in children. A high intake of sugar does not cause diabetes, but if a person is diagnosed with diabetes the amount of simple sugar eaten daily often needs to be reduced.
The body actually uses all sugars the same way- it changes them to glucose, which is what our body uses for energy. However, in order to get long-lasting energy for your body, you need to eat more complex sugars (or carbohydrates) such as whole grain products. Eating too many simple sugars, like from soda or sweets, gives you quick energy or a “sugar high” which is quickly gone, leaving you feeling sluggish. You can avoid eating too much sugar by being smart and knowing how to find it on a label.
Find sugar in ingredients listings by looking for –ose at the end.
- Glucose- fruits, vegetables, honey, milk, cereal
- Fructose- fruits, vegetables, honey
- Galactose- milk products
- Sucrose- fruits, vegetables, table sugar
- Lactose- milk products
- Maltose- malt products, cereal
If you can take a few minutes to read nutrition labels amid the chaos of family grocery shopping, you will find sugar as an ingredient in a surprising number of foods like peanut butter, canned tomatoes, salsa, canned chicken soup, deli-meats and pancake mix. Many juices and beverages also contain sugar.
DID YOU KNOW???
- One 350ml can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar!!! That is about 10 teaspoons, which is your entire daily limit of sugar!!!
- Soda is the number one source of sugar in the U.S. diet, and other sweetened drinks are not too far behind
- Foods with added sugars are often high in calories and low in nutrition.
- Too much of these foods can lead to excessive weight gain
Amazing facts about Sugar
Sugar gives you energy
Sugary foods provide lots of energy in a form that our bodies can quickly use. We need energy to live and breathe and even to sleep. Sugar has 4 calories of energy in every gram – about 20 calories in a teaspoon of sugar. Protein and complex carbohydrates also contain 4 calories of energy in every gram, and fat contains 9 kcalories. But our bodies take longer to digest these, so the energy takes longer to get to us. Sugar energy is almost immediate.
It’s easy to consume more energy than we need because sugar is added to so many foods and drinks.
When your body has more sugar than it needs for energy it begins to convert the sugar into body fat and stores it. So if you don’t do enough exercise, and keep on eating lots of sugar, your body could become bigger and bigger.
Sugar is ‘empty calories’
The energy provided by sugar is sometimes called ‘empty calories’ because sugar doesn’t provide anything else except energy. Sugar doesn’t contain any of the proteins, minerals or vitamins that your body needs.
For each gram of sugar you consume this provides no nutritional benefit.
Sometimes sugar is used to sweeten healthy foods, to make sour foods more edible. In that way, it can help us to eat a wide range of foods. But when a very high amount of sugar is added to food, a lot of people start to question whether the sugar is doing any good. Maybe it’s just giving us too much energy and getting us used to the flavour of over-sweet food.
Sugar makes food last longer
If you keep food for a long time, it rots. It turns to goo.
Rotting is caused by tiny bugs (bacteria) and fungi (mould) which move onto our food and start to feed on it themselves. But as they eat the food, the bacteria and fungus give out chemicals that taste horrible, and which may even poison you.
We can slow the growth of bacteria and fungal growth (mould) by keeping our food cold in fridges. We can also stop our food rotting by using natural preservatives such as sugar, vinegar and salt. Bacteria and mould hate to live in places full of sugar, vinegar or salt.
Jam is simply fruit preserved in sugar.
High sugar and low sugar
Sugar per 100g of Food High Sugar (15g or more) Low Sugar (2 grams or less)
Sugar can be used to fuel cars!
Sugar has so much energy in it, that some people even run their cars on it! In parts of India, Brazil and America, sugar from sugar cane and maize plants is fermented into alcohol for use as fuel for cars. It is sometimes blended with petrol to give a fuel called Gasohol.
Soft drinks or liquid sweets?
Some drinks contain so much sugar they might as well be called liquid sweets. It’s a very common problem. Below are just a few examples of different types of sugary drinks, showing you how much sugar they contain and comparing the sugar content to sweets
- A typical 500ml bottle of blackcurrant juice drink contained more sugar than three packets of chewy sweets.
How much sugar? 70g – about 14 teaspoons of sugar.
- A typical 380ml bottle of energy drink contained about the same amount of sugar as two packs of jelly babies.
How much sugar? 64g – about 13 teaspoons of sugar.
- A typical 330ml bottle of cola contained about the same amount of sugar as in one-and-a half packs of fruit gums.
How much sugar? 35g – about 7 teaspoons of sugar.
- A typical 330ml can of orange fizzy drink contained the same amount of sugar as over one and a half packs of chewy sweets.
How much sugar? 34g – just under 7 teaspoons of sugar.
Find sugar in labels
Most labels declare the sugar content on the nutrition label. Some products simply boast that they contain ‘glucose’, which sounds like a healthy ingredient. However, glucose is just one type of sugar.
Confusing food labelling.
Glucose, sucrose, fructose and maltose are all types of sugar. You can spot them in the ingredients list because they all end with the letters ‘ose’.
This ingredients list is from a chocolate bar. The label says ‘charged with glucose’ on the front, and the nutrition label does not declare sugar. Only by looking at the ingredients list can you see that it actually contains sugar six times.
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