If you know me personally you’ll know that I really push balance and moderation for myself, my husband, my kids and my clients. Yes, that includes enjoying sweets every now and then. 🙂
We all know that too much sugar can be quite harmful for the body and so limiting or decreasing our overall sugar intake is important. It’s now recommended that we consume no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar a day. This adds up to no more than 24g of sugar. Unfortunately, the average person is consuming 18 tsp of added sugar daily which is a total of 72g of sugar, and that’s a lot of sugar! (If you haven’t had a chance to read some of my previous posts just click here to read more on the negative effects of sugar.)
Want to cut back on added sugars? Reading labels is important and knowing that 4g of sugar is equal to 1 tsp will help you figure out how much added sugar you and your family are consuming.
Now don’t get me wrong I love a delicious cinnamon bun, homemade cookies, or some delicious chocolate, however, always in moderation. Personally I try as often as possible to limit added sugar and when baking I try to replace white sugar with any the following when possible:
- Stevia is a wonderful herb that is dried and can be turned into liquid form or a powder that best used for baking. Being a natural sweetener that doesn’t reek havoc on our insulin levels stevia is a definite winner in our home. Stevia has many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar and contains antibacterial properties. Its antibacterial properties are why Stevia has been put into many toothpastes as it is known to help fight gingivitis.
- Sucanat is considered to be sugar in its most natural form and can replace white refined sugar in any recipe cup for cup, because it’s unrefined and contains molasses it’s also more nutritious.
- Honey, also being a natural sweetener unpasteurized honey specifically has a multitude of health benefits. Besides it giving you a natural energy boost, honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal and contains flavonoids which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Honey is also great for cold and flu season as it’s antiviral which in turn helps fight colds and relieve sore throats.
Now again, I don’t believe there’s a need to cut out sugar completely however, I do believe in making the effort to reduce overall added sugars and when adding it at home trying to use a more natural sweetener when possible is important. Keep in mind though, sugar is sugar. Even though honey and organic sucunat are natural they’re still forms of sugar and still affect your blood sugar so moderation is always crucial.