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October 16, 2019

7 Sugar Substitutes You Need to Try

Raise your hand if you’ve got a major sweet tooth!🤚

It doesn’t matter what time of year, I love anything sweet. Growing up, my mom was a pastry chef and ran a Rugelach business for many years (the BEST cinnamon and walnut filled Jewish cookie ever!).

(In college, I took an InDesign course and created the logo
and tag line for Debbie’s Rugelach!)

Naturally, my family expected the best cakes and cookies at all the birthday and holiday dinners, home-made, of course. Only a couple times can I recall my mom using pre-made, store-bought baked goods…even then, she still doctored it up!

At the beginning of 2019, giving up gluten and dairy meant also putting many of my mom’s beloved baked goods back on the shelf. Trust me, I lived for her Coconut Cake every year for my birthday.

Learning to find alternatives was a challenge. Once I began to discover more about ingredients and what really lurks in some of the food we eat, I realized how MUCH sugar we consume, too!

Did you know the average American consumes almost 50 pounds of sugar per year?! Sugar is truly an addiction.

Luckily, our culture has adapted to providing many healthier alternatives, and, so has my mom 🙂 But, beware! Not all sugars are created equal. Read on to see what I’m talking about…

Sugar substitutes are typically used in replace of “table sugar” to sweeten foods + beverages. There are FIVE major categories of artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA:

    1. Aspartame (NutraSweet + Equal)
    2. Saccharin (Sweet’ N Low)
    3. Sucralose (Splenda)
    4. Acesulfame K, or acesulfame potassium (a chemical the body cannot break down and possibly affect your metabolism)
    5. Neotame (produced by NutraSweet)

You can find these sweeteners hidden in everything from chewing gum and no-calorie beverages, to your toothpaste and mouthwash. Even children’s chewable supplements!

Just to clarify, I am not perfect. Moments of weakness or laziness happen. We all need something quick and easy to grab every once in a while! But, I’ve learned that awareness is key and perfection is not realistic. Listen to your body, how it feels, and what it needs.

Above all, let’s try to be good at least 80% of the time, okay?

Next time you consume a product that contains one of these sweeteners, notice what physical and emotional feelings come up.

Sugar gives us a lot of energy at first, and then it makes us really tired and cranky, always wanting more sugar. Some people get headaches or feel sick from eating sugar. The struggle is real!

Our bodies don’t need white sugar and it’s man-made counterparts. So, where CAN you get healthier alternatives? There are many easy ways to get natural sugars that you will feel better about.

Some of my favorite replacements include:

    1. Maple Syrup (if you can’t find Grade B, get a Dark Grade A to ensure you are still getting those important minerals and antioxidants)
    2. Raw Local Honey
    3. Monk Fruit Sugar (this one is SUPER sweet so go easy)
    4. Coconut Sugar
    5. Vanilla Extract
    6. Date Syrup

 

Try these grain-free Pumpkin Pancakes, packed with nutrients, energy boosting ingredients, and tons of flavor!

GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES

1/2 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup organic pumpkin
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs (or substitute 2 flax eggs*)
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1tsp raw honey

Mix all ingredients together and evenly distribute on a baking sheet (about 1/4 cup each). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes six!

*Flax Egg : mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 1 tbsp water and let sit for 5 minutes

Are you curious about how to make more easy changes that will make a big difference in your health?

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