Sugar Is Killing Us

“Sugar is Killing Us” is a campaign to spread information about the negative effects of sugar and empower people to make better food choices.

This campaign “is the result of a partnership between the folks at Fred Water and the Institute for Responsible Nutrition (IRN). The IRN was founded to help build the global movement needed to educate and engage millions in shaping the way food is produced, marketed and distributed so we can end food-related illness and promote good health.”
To watch this great video about the dangers of sugar. (Click Here)

 

Safe Alternatives:

  • Stevia: Processed from the leaf of the stevia plant. Stevia is very sweet, and so you will probably only use the tip of a tsp to replace a full tsp of sugar in a recipe. This alternative has no effect on blood glucose levels.
  • Lo Han: Extracted from the Lo Han Guo fruit. This is not commonly available in South Africa at this stage.
  • Coconut Nectar Liquid or Granules: From the liquid sap of coconut blossoms. Bear in mind that coconut nectar or granules are fructose based. This means that they are considered low GI, but will still have an effect on blood glucose levels. It is important to consume these in moderation.
  • Raw Honey & Organic Grade B Maple Syrup: These super foods are also fructose-based. This means that they too will have an effect on blood glucose levels. They should also be consumed in moderation.
  • Xylitol & Erythritol: Sugar alcohols which cause no blood glucose imbalances and are considered safe sweeteners. One important thing to observe is the source of the xylitol, ideally you want xylitol from birch or hardwood. Also it is desirable that the xylitol comes from a producer who uses environmentally friendly or sustainable techniques. Sally Ann Creed’s Xylitol is one such example.
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