Sunday, October 25, 2009

Regain Your Health By Using Natural Sweeteners Such As Organic Sugar

By Esther George

Sugar is sweet, but that is its only redeeming value. Americans eat sugar to excess; it is hidden in many of the foods we eat today. Our national sweet tooth has led to an epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes. Refined sugar has no nutritional value and is simply empty calories as opposed to natural sweeteners that at least offer some nutrients. What is worse, refined sugar leads to an increased production of insulin and diabetes.

Sugar is basically sweet poison, and there is no good reason to use it. Natural sweeteners can provide the same sweet taste without the harmful effects. Honey, for example, is a natural sweetener that has a good taste and is good for you too. Honey does have a disadvantage in that it is sticky and too thick to spread over cereal or dissolve in cold drinks like tea.

However, there are some great products on the market now that solve the honey dilemma. You can buy dried honey crystals and sweet honey flakes so you can shake honey onto any food you want to sweeten. The flakes easily dissolve in cold tea or hot coffee and are an ideal natural sweetener to use as a substitute for sugar.

You can dramatically reduce the amount of sugar your family consumes by buying unsweetened foods and flavoring them yourself at home with natural sweeteners. Rather than buying those sugar coated cereal flakes for your kids, buy the healthier non-sweetened variety and let your kids add their own honey flakes. Buy unsweetened tea and add your healthy natural sweeteners rather than buying store brands that are loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or chemical sweeteners.

It is almost impossible to avoid products today that contain high fructose corn syrup and white sugar. They are in nearly everything because they are so addictive and cheap. Food manufacturers sell more products because sugar addicted consumers keep lining up for more in order to get a quick fix for their sugar cravings.

Organic sugar and natural sweeteners are a better choice for your health. Organic sugar is cane sugar that has not had all of the nutrition processed out of it. Its appearance is not white and pure because it still retains the healthy parts that give it color.

Organic Sugar is a great alternative to regular sugar for all your cooking and baking needs. It will go a long way towards keeping you and your family healthy if you make the switch. Sugar does not make you feel sick when you eat or drink it, (unless you have too much), but over time it is very bad for you.

Any time you can substitute healthy natural sweeteners for refined sugar, you are taking a step in the right direction. Everyone is busy these days and it is tempting to grab fast food or heat up a frozen dinner. Next time temptation strikes, take a minute to think about the sugar content of convenience food and the cost you pay for it with your health. Every step you take can lead you to better health. A good place to start is by switching to natural sweeteners like organic sugar and honey flakes.

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