It is very common today with all the information we have available that we have many doubts about what type of sugar should be consumed. Which is better for my condition and why?
Currently, we see in the market a large quantity of natural and artificial sweeteners that are sold in substitution of the oh so harmful refined sugar. But which one should I buy? Which is better?
If you have any of these doubts, this article is for you.
It is important to know that the ideal goal is to eliminate refined sugar completely from our diet. As we know, sugar is the main culprit of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and a great contributor to cancer and conditions such as anguish or depression. We know that refined sugar is not a food. It does not have any nutrients, nor the minerals that it naturally has when it is extracted from sugar cane, or to a lesser extent, from sugar beet. We must bear in mind that sugar is not even white. In this refining process, sulfur dioxide is passed through cane juice, subjected to high temperatures (compromising its chemical structure in an irreversible way), mixed with chemical substances that, after the whole process, acquires its sandy texture, white color, and intensely sweet flavor.
We must learn to differentiate which of these substitutes in the market are the best to be able to sweeten foods or drinks and still feel the sweet taste that we like so much without causing damage.
Natural sweeteners are undoubtedly the best option since they do not go through a refining process that alters its composition or produces adverse effects, but equally, if you suffer from any condition where the blood glucose levels are altered, the best option should have the benefit of not increasing blood sugar levels. Some options with this benefit are monk fruit, stevia, coconut sugar, or grape. If you do not suffer from any condition that alters the glycemia, you can consume in moderate amounts (never in excess) honey, maple syrup or syrup dates. All these natural sweeteners have anti-inflammatory properties that also help to strengthen the immune system.
Ultimately, the best option is in your hands, only YOU can choose what is best for you and your health.