5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Natural Sweetness by Rochelle Marie Lawson
Sugar is a delicious way to add sweetness into your lives, but it isn’t the best. Sugar can
be addictive while also causing a plethora of other conditions, like added weight, diabetes,
increased inflammation in the body, and ageing.
Have you ever opened a bag of your favorite candy, meaning to have just one little
piece and ending up eating half? Or worse, the whole bag? That alone should tell you
how addicting it is to consume sugar. This addictive property of sugar then leads you to
eating more of these sweet treats than you should. This excess sugar has more calories
than other types of food that you consume, and the more of these sugary treats you eat,
the more calories you consume, thus leading to added weight.
Sugar is known to cause inflammation in the body. Studies show that there is a link
between elevated inflammation and added sugar and carbohydrates. The excess sugar
consumed by subjects in certain studies caused an increase in inflammatory markers.
Moreover, the sugar you consume reacts with protein, creating what doctors and
scientists like to call AGEs or advanced glycation end products. This substance is what
causes wrinkles because of hardened cell structures. Yikes!
If you have a liking for sugar, say, a sweet tooth, or if you are flat out addicted to the
stuff, you will want to take a closer look at your sugar-eating habits.
Not all sugars are created equal. The sugar that you find in fruit and vegetables are
naturally-occurring, and usually accompanied by fiber, which slows the digestion of
sugar. Other foods like milk also contain sugar. The good news is, natural sugar has not
been linked to inflammation. Keep an eye out for sweeteners and sugars found in
processed food, or “added sugars,” and make yourself aware of sugar that comes
disguised as high fructose corn syrup, juice concentrates, and the like.
The thing is, you CAN conquer the need to fill your body with sugar and still enjoy
sweetness without risking the conditions I mentioned earlier. You can enjoy sweetness
without having to worry about the peaks and crashes that we all dread. It’s all about the
way sugar is delivered.
Read on for 5 easy ways to enjoy natural sweetness:
Instead of using added sugar, stir an overripe banana or some chopped dates into your
favorite recipes like batters and doughs for bread, muffins, cookies, and even pancakes!
The acidic flavor of tomato sauces can be balanced by adding sweet veggies like grated
carrots, beets, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes. Carrots, beets, and apples are
great for adding sweetness to smoothies and baked goods as well.
Coconuts are a fantastic sweetener because of their natural sweetness! You can use
shredded and flaked coconut (unsweetened) as a lovely topping to your desserts, and
even use coconut milk in your oatmeal and granola. This natural sweetness will
definitely help keep the cravings at bay.
Some fruit grow sweeter as they ripen. In moderation, you can enjoy fruits such as
peaches, avocados, apricots, bananas, cantaloupes, apples, mangoes, nectarines,
papayas, plums, and even pears without worrying about sugar highs and sugar crashes.
There are so many things you can do with fruit! You can bake them into your favorite
pastries, enjoy them as a topping in many different dishes, or even enjoy them on their
Greek yogurt and plain yogurt without any fruits are a better option than, say, low-fat
yogurts. Low-fat yogurt relies on more sugar to taste good. Instead of having yogurt that
has been filled with artificially sweetened fruit products, choose something plain and
your own choice of fruit instead. Now that you’ve got a list of yummy, sweet fruit (see
above), your options are anything but limited to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Looking for sweetness in your savory dishes? Caramelized onions are a sweet and
yummy treat to add into dishes like burgers and salads, spring rolls, or even on top of
rice! You can draw out the natural sugar in onions by cooking them over low, slow heat.
Living in today’s society that is geared towards convenience and quick eating, sugar is
everywhere and the temptation to consume it can be strong. Easy access to processed
and fast food can make it difficult to avoid sugar. But knowing what sugar does to you is
a great place to start in your journey to breaking free of these sugar shackles. You don’t
need to be bound to your cravings and to these bad habits now that you know how to
naturally cut down on sugar.
Wishing you peace to your mind, wellness to your body and tranquility to your spirit.
Rochel Marie Lawson, RN, AHP, CMS, The Queen of Feeling Fabulous
Rochel Marie Lawson is a Registered Nurse, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant, International Best Selling Author, Speaker and Radio Show Hostess. She is the President of Blissful Living 4 U, which was founded to improve wellness, wisdom and wealth by utilizing ancient holistic principles that only lead to success.
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