Our passion at Cenegenics Boston is helping people regain their health and vitality. One of the ways we do this is to provide healthy alternatives to the toxic foods and beverages that are part of the Standard American Diet (SAD). One of the problems with the Standard American Diet is massive sugar consumption. According to the World Health Organization, people across the US and Europe need to cut their sugar consumption in half in order to reduce their risk of tooth decay and obesity. However, so many people do not know how to give up sugar or know that there are healthy – and delicious – alternatives.
The ideal way to cut your sugar is to adopt a clean diet, with plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. There are also several all-natural and healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth:
Here are a few of our favorite healthy alternatives to sugar:
Organic, pure maple syrup is a good replacement for refined sugar. It contains antioxidants and zinc, which may protect against various cardiovascular disorders. It is also low in calories. However, the glycemic index of maple syrup is still fairly high (around 54), so still eat in moderation.
Raw honey has anti-viral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Honey is, however, high in fructose, averaging around 53 percent, but contrary to agave it is completely natural in its raw form, and has many health benefits when used in moderation.
Stevia, a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, is sold as a supplement. It’s completely safe in its natural form and can be used to sweeten most dishes and drinks.
You can buy pure glucose (dextrose) for about $5-7 per pound. It is only 70 percent as sweet as sucrose, so you’ll end up using a bit more of it for the same amount of sweetness, making it slightly more expensive than regular sugar – but still well worth it for your health as it does not contain any fructose whatsoever. Contrary to fructose, glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is a far safer sugar alternative.