Sugar alternatives are all the rage today, but with every new alternative that is presented, it’s important that you do your homework and examine the potential side effects. Just like the refined sugar that you are warned to avoid, you should make sure you do not consume too much of these alternatives, as they can still be just as damaging in the long run. There are even full documentaries about the addiction and dangers that comes with sugar intake. With that in mind, consider a few alternatives and their safe limit.
Though eating unrefined, raw sugar is likely better than using processed alternatives, it is important to remember that sugar can still cause the body harm. Remember, just because fruits are full of natural sugar does not mean that too much of it can’t hurt you. Just like anything else, it is important to eat this raw sugar in moderation. This will help ensure you do not undergo any of the harmful side effects of too much sugar.
There are still many ill effects that this sugar can have on the body like: increased risk for diabetes, increased acne, can damage the heart, and can increase risk of cancer. If you hope to avoid this, remember that even raw sugar should be consumed in moderation.
This natural form of organic sugar comes from the initial pressing of sugarcane. Like other raw sugars, the unfortunate truth is that it is still sugar, which means you have to carefully monitor it. What makes this even more difficult is the larger grains often make it less-than-ideal for cooking, which makes it hard to use as a substitute. Fortunately, there is little to suggest Turbinado is actually better than raw sugar, so monitor your consumption accordingly.
Made from a plant, many natural eaters think that Stevia is a surefire way to ensure they do not suffer any ill effects from consuming sugar. Unfortunately, Stevia can have some side effects as well. Though using Stevia in place of sugar can help to increase weight loss and avoid other ill effects of regular sugar, too much is not a good thing. From bloating and gas, to nausea and to glucose level spikes, Stevia is about 300 times sweeter than regular sugar not without some consequences. So, go ahead and use it to sweeten your coffee, but don’t start sprinkling it on all your foods just because “it’s healthy.” The truth is, it’s really not.
A form of sugar alcohol, Xylitol is often looked at as positive because it does not have the same negative effects on teeth as traditional sugar. Overall, it might be slightly better to consume than sugar, but you’re probably noticing a trend at this point; it’s really not healthy. It has a variety of side effects, not the least of which is its action as a laxative, causing diarrhea.
Of course, this is just a brief list of some alternatives. There are others out there, and perhaps one of them will be the magical answer. For now, make sure you stay absolutely clear these dangerously nasty sweeteners: Sucrose (processed white, no nutrient, table sugar), Aspartame (Equal), or Sucralose (Splenda).
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