We are constantly being told to reduce our sugar intake, avoid all together and what you should substitute with. Some are classified as “superfoods” and others that are simply a better alternative. This information can be super contradicting and confusing.
The fact of the matter is that after countless studies on how harmful sugar is to our health, the average American continues to consumes three pounds of refined white poison a week. Sugar is addictive and if you’ve ever tried a sugar detox or elimination diet, you know how real this is. Withdrawal symptoms like the shakes, headaches, pains, and nausea are all common when going cold turkey. What’s important to realize is that all sugar isn’t created equal. There are some forms that add sweetness to your dish and while in their natural state still offer nutritional benefits.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
Refined White Sugar
This ugly sugar is completely stripped of all nutritional value, is addictive, and the main contributor to diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, and weak immune systems. It alters our internal pH, resulting in a more acidic body, which is the breeding ground for disease, where an alkaline body promotes good health.
This artificial sweetener is used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages, and is well known for its harmful effects on the body like; headaches, blood sugar spikes and allergic reactions. Because it's becoming more well known for it's negative effects, beware of it being hidden in foods, drinks, multivitamins and gum. Avoid aspartame at all costs, it’s a chemical, not a food.
Commercial Brown sugar is refined white sugar with some molasses added back in for colour and flavour. Don’t be fooled!
Evaporated Cane Juice
Less refined than white sugar, that’s why it retains more colour, flavour and nutrients from sugar cane. But the only main difference is that it goes through one less step of refinement than white sugar.
Raw Organic Cane Sugar
This type of sugar is less processed than refined white sugar, and still contains some of the original nutrients present in cane juice. These include amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and even some antioxidants. Because it’s organic, you won’t be exposed to the pesticides present in commercially grown sugar. So, while obviously a better choice than refined white sugar, remember that it’s still SUGAR and should be consumed in minimal amounts.
Dark Maple Syrup
This natural sweetener comes from tree sap. It's full of antioxidants and contains high levels of iron, manganese, and zinc. With a lower glycemic index it doesn't cause as much of a blood sugar spike as your traditional sweeteners.
Raw honey is high in antioxidants and contains antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It's full of digestive enzymes and for years has been used to soothe sore throats, treat wounds, indigestion, skin infections, burns and fatigue.
Often referred to as “Nature’s Power Fruit”, Dates are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They can be eaten fresh or dried and have a caramel-like flavour. They’re high in calcium & phosphorous that work close together to build strong bones and teeth. The natural sugars that are present in dates make an amazing energy booster! We use dates as the sweetener in our Nut Mylk, and it offers the perfect hint of sweetness.
This super sweetener contains tons of vitamins & minerals and all the essential amino acids. It’s made from the sap of the coconut tree, similar to maple syrup. This low-glycemic, nutrient rich syrup is especially good for diabetics and those trying to lose weight. We use a small amount of Coconut Nectar in our Ink, Activated Charcoal Lemonade.
Don’t be afraid of the sugar content in our Cold Pressed Juice. These are natural fruit sugars. If you have any issues with blood sugar regulation or are on a sugar elimination diet, than opt for one with less sugar like Well Spent. Always remember, that even the better sweeteners are still sugar and should be consumed in moderation.