Many things can cause inflammation in the body. Sugar is one known culprit of inflammation, which is the body's way of protecting itself. Our body needs life to function well and this energy comes from the substances we consume, most importantly food and drinks. How well your body operates depends not entirely but is significantly affected by the fuel you give it. You can optimize the vitality of that process with what kinds of nutrition you give it daily.
Ingredients matter! Read your labels on everything. Terms for sugar include most words that end in "-ose," such as sucrose or fructose. Other sugars are noted as syrups, molasses, white and brown sugar, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc. At least 60% of all packaged foods have some added sugar.
Sugar in fruit is not the same as the sweetness in a pastry. An apple contains fiber and starch, which digests slower and adds nutrients to the body. A pastry spikes your blood sugar and feeds your craving, but has no nutritional value.
Effects of sugar on the body include inflammation, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, hormone issues, slowed metabolism, anxiety and depression, brain fog, lowered immune system and even mood swings.
Sugar consumption spikes your blood sugar, producing more insulin in your body, which creates belly fat (the most dangerous fat.)
Whole and processed grains turn into sugar once consumed. Quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat are not actual grains but are grain-like. They are good alternatives.
Healthy sugar/sweetener alternatives for baking are bananas, dates and unsweetened applesauce. Sometimes honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup can be used but best in moderation.
Sugar is highly addictive and it triggers dopamine. This causes more cravings and over consumption. Be aware.
Here are some alternative options for you to try:
|Instead of…||Try this alternative:|
|Gluten-free wraps||Flaxseed wraps Keto + Vegan + Gluten free
(my sister raves about these)
|Gluten-free pasta||Chickpea Pasta, Barilla or Wegmans brand
(chickpea flour is the only ingredient)
|Rice||Quinoa or Amaranth
|Vegan Mac and Cheese||5 Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce|
|Poppy Seed Salad Dressing||Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing (Addictive!)|
"It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory." (Proverbs 25:27)