Let's talk SUGAR!
Oh that dreaded word! Even if you are not a REAL FOOD person or family, sugar has been a "no no" for so long!
We all know that sugar is just no good, but it's everywhere! So how do we get rid of sugar? How do we replace sugar?
Well we want to get rid of processed sugars (white, powdered, and brown), high fructose corn syrup, beet syrup, and ALL artificial sweeteners. Just in general if it is ARTIFICIAL we do NOT want it!
What do we get in place of these then? RAW Honey, Real/Pure Maple Syrup, Molasses, Coconut Sugar, Sucanat, Raw Sugar, Organic Sugar, Stevia (the herb or the oil); but even these need to be consumed in moderation!
So do you just throw out all the sugar in your home? Well, that wouldn't be a good steward! Now maybe if you have a big ol' bag of star burst you might, but not everything in your home! So what do you do?
Go around and start taking inventory of what has sugar in it, where that sugar comes from.... If it is in the "get rid of" list make note that you need to find a substitute when you run out of that or you need to wean yourself from it. Start replacing the ingredient "sugar" in your recipes with one of the "what we want" items for sweeteners. Try out a couple of treats for your family and see what they like, then make those and keep them on hand for when you are wanting a sweet treat, or instead of baking sweet treats replace it with fruit, and even make your drinks with less sugar (even the raw and organic; be it lemonade or tea or whatever else reduce the sugar).
Just like with our water this takes time and practice! Buying less processed foods and making your foods is more cost effective and healthy. Adding the "what we want" items gives us back minerals we are missing out of in our diet when we use the "get rid of" items instead! The World Health Organization says that sugar consumption increases dental caries, obesity, replaces protein, iron, zinc, thiamine, and many chronic diseases. The WHO also recommends that we consume less than 10% of our energy intake in sugar, better yet, lower it to 5%! So why use natural sweeteners? A new study shows that maple syrup has many antioxidants in it and some parts of maple syrup might actually be able to help those with type 2 diabetes!
Now for that question I have already received about Stevia:
100 Days of Real Food has written a really good article on Stevia. If you aren't willing or wanting to grow or use the herb than I highly recommend Trader Joe's.
How have you done on sugar in your home? I would love to hear from you!
This Challenge is for 2 weeks! Challenge 3 will be posted on June 21st!