October 24, 2007
If you read "Sugar Blues" or just listen to me long enough, you'll know that sugar is essentially poison. And everyone knows that sugar=calories=fat. Sometimes sugar=mood swings or diabetic reactions. Enough said for now--sugar's got to go.
Enter Equal, stage right. Enter Splenda, stage left. Cut to close up of Sweet-n-Low.
The goal (my goal anyway) is to purify our bodies--not make them more complicated with chemicals and processed foodstuffs. Some less refined sugar options are honey and molasses. But these are still gonna give your blood sugar (and moods) a spike...with the inevitable fall.
We want a naturally occuring sweetener that has a low glycemic index (that's a measure of blood glucose levels). There is an herbal solution called Stevia, which is known for it's slightly metallic flavor. It's ok for some things though, so give it a try--it's got 0 calories. But the best sugar alternative I've found is Agave Nectar.
Agave looks a little like honey and they say it's twice as sweet as sugar per teaspoon. When I first tried it, I started off by adding it to drinks. That tasted ok, so then I tried adding it to sauces or glazes instead of sugar. Now I use it for just about anything, even baking. But the real sweet spot (hehe) is that the more I shift my diet towards whole, plant-based foods, the less sweetener I desire, period. The lesson here is, start small. You don't have to throw out your sugar bowl today.