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Sugar – The Not So Sweet “White Death”


When did we get it all so wrong? When did we all start to buy into the myth perpetuated by food manufacturers and the booming diet industry, that we need to follow a low-fat diet?

Hello!  We all know that low-fat food tastes pretty disgusting so of course those low-fat foods have to have things added to them to make them palatable. Not only are additives and chemicals added to make the food taste better, but so too are sugars or artificial sweeteners (it is a whole other discussion why you shouldn’t be eating artificial sweeteners).   Sugar is the enemy, not fat!  It is really that simple.  We all need to dramatically decrease our consumption of sugars and add in more good quality fats.

I believe that sugar is the single biggest factor in our increasing rate of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, autoimmune disease to name but a few.  Now I am not talking about cutting all sugar out of your diet but I am strongly suggesting that you cut out all processed and refined sugars and that includes those sugars that you think might be healthy such as brown and raw sugar. Don’t let colour confuse you!  There are still so many marvelous healthy sugars you can add to your foods when you need that sweet hit such as:

  • Rapadura Sugar
  • Coconut nectar
  • Coconut sugar (which is basically dried and crystalized coconut nectar)
  • Organic pure maple syrup
  • Raw honey
  • Medjool dates
  • Yacoon root syrup

My personal favourites are coconut nectar and Medjool Dates. I use them in my raw chocolates, my delicious mousses, my sensational Amaze Protein Balls and in so many other wonderful concoctions.  Dates are an ideal anti-inflammatory food for improved energy and brain function as well as being a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. They are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.

Coconut nectar has a Glycemic Index of approximately 35 compared to a GI of 65 for white processed sugar and a GI of 88 for HFC (High Fructose Corn Syrup). Coconut nectar is packed with living enzymes, which is why they feature a lot in my raw food preparation.  These living enzymes help your body to adapt the sugar in it so that it is metabolized quickly and therefore is a healthier alternative for everyone especially people with Type 2 Diabetes. Coconut nectar has an amazing 17 amino acids in it which are the building blocks for protein as well as help to transport and store nutrients.  Lastly, coconut nectar is very high in essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron.

So why do I believe that sugar is the number one cause of so many illnesses and in particular illnesses that can potentially lead to death such as heart disease and diabetes?

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