Shy away from sugar
It can be difficult to stay away from refined sugar, especially if you have a sweet tooth. But declared wellness coach Tamra Mercieca, there are healthy alternatives that carry a number of nutritional benefits.
Medical herbalist Dominique Finney says sugar is first pressed as a juice from the cane and refined into molasses. It is then refined in brown sugar and finally in strange white crystals, which are a foreign chemical to the human system. "Refined sugar should be handled for our body to process, at least. In anywhere near the quantities that we eat now because of the current way of life"
The average person now downs about 50 pounds of sugar per year. It is considered a "food" and taken in huge quantities. We only need a teaspoon of sugar per day for metabolic functions, but many of us end up eating up to 20, thanks to hidden sources such as snack bars, salad dressings and even bread.
Finney says sugar is not addictive, it is the fast fuel hit it so appealing. "Sugar is fast, so you metabolized feel an almost immediate increase in energy. As with any medication, it alcohol or even Panadol, it has an immediate effect. Problem is, if the hit rate decreases, you dive on the downturn again and Me want more. "
She says a healthier option would eat a bowl of complex carbohydrates such as brown rice or whole wheat bread, which release energy slowly over a longer period. "Sugar does not satisfy in the same way that more complex carbohydrates fill, so therefore we can unknowingly consume a lot of it without noticing," Finney says.
One of the major drawbacks of sugar is that it raises insulin levels, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, and in turn, weakens the immune system. This is not something you want to take place, if you are keen to avoid diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Finney says, glucose increased over growth of the yeast Candida organism, causes thrush. "It can also trigger binge eating in patients with bulimia and increasing symptoms of PMS."
Miles says if that were not enough, sugar can make it difficult to lose weight because of constantly high insulin levels which cause the body to lose store excess carbohydrates as fat. "The white grains nothing more than empty calories to provide the extra energy and lead to weight gain."
Not only is refined sugar a dangerous enemy, Finney says it a sneaky, hidden in an unusual number of foods, such as yogurt, preserves, most sweets – even tomato sauce. "There is nothing wrong with a small amount of sugar in the diet, but that is difficult to measure, these days with so many processed foods."
As refined sugar, it has a negative, dramatic effect on our blood sugar levels. According to studies by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diabetes and obesity, eating right refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup are performed together.
Switching refined sugar for artificial sweeteners can be even more harmful to our health. The research shows that may saccharin was (found in NutraSweet and Equal) is a possible contributing factor to cancer and his wife aspartame showed that to turn into formaldehyde in your body.
Splenda is missing calories, but it is not good, the small amounts of heavy metals, methanol and arsenic. It is difficult to know the long term effects of these sweeteners, but because they are surrounded by suspicion, it is best to make healthy choices.
No kilojoules and zero GI, Stevia stimulates the pancreas does not charge. Stevia has only a mild effect on blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics. Scientific studies have also found that it can reduce acne heal wounds and soothe the stomach upset.
Honey is one of personal favorites Finney. "I love mixing honey with organic black tea, a little chili powder and a piece of vanilla bean .. I call it chili honey vanilla tea and it's delicious" In traditional Indian weddings, the groom is often offered honey to increase his stamina – perhaps that is why Cupid's emblem was a bee!
Other good substitutes for refined sugar include maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, SUCANAT, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, raw sugar, sugar, date sugar and molasses. All of these natural sweeteners have one or more of the following health benefits:. Enzymes, calcium, iron, potassium, protein, B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, fiber and folic acid
Well, just because you have healthier options, that does not mean you can eat naturally sweetened biscuits three meals a day, but it means you can have your cake and eat it. Miles says the trick is moderation. "I encourage my clients occasionally indulge in sweet foods, rather than treating them as everyday foods."