I am hopefully coming to a conclusion with my book. At last I can actually see light at the end of the tunnel. After many reviews of the recipes I noted how little sugar in terms of Raw Honey/Organic Maple syrup/Natural unrefined sugars are used in the recipes.
Reducing processed sugar(s) such as white sugar, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup etc. is a key step to overall better health, weight, skin, teeth and reducing cancer and diabetes risks to name just a few.
I am not going to go into detail of why it is essential to reduce sugar as there are many books, blogs etc on this topic. What I want to do is to talk about alternatives.
Reducing sugar usually means moving to clean natural foods and ingredients and reducing the amount of packaged foods, soft drinks, confectionery and yes even chocolate!
Now some people say ‘just move to other sweeteners’, however they are all usually processed and still addictive. I will and have always avoided such products as stevia, aspartame, brown rice syrup, not only because of the above reasons but also I have not seen any evidence they do us any good what so ever and all prove to have a level of additional risk so could actually do us more harm! Usually as a result of the processing.
I always try to avoid foods that provide no nutrient value!
For an example of why not to use these products I will use Brown Rice Syrup. This is currently seen as a popular alternative by some. How can it be healthy though when it has a GI (glycemic index) of 98? Normal table sugar has a GI of 65!. Therefore it will provide a huge blood sugar spike, which is not really what you want to put your body through. All these alternatives are empty calories and the goal of a good diet is to indulge in tasty nutrient dense foods which is why am looking forward to coming to the end of my book project.
If you are going to use a sweetener in your recipes stick to the natural ones which are able to provide some additional nutrients, such as Raw Honey, Pure organic Maple syrup or use a small amount of dates, figs or banana that will actually add natural sweetness with beneficial minerals and vitamins.
If you do need to use sugar in a recipe then look to the raw unrefined sugars i.e. muscovado or rapadura but use them sparingly in your recipes, you really don’t need the volume of sugar / syrup that many or most recipes ask for.
Richard my partner has at last taken sugar out of his diet, though he still sneaks a bit of honey into his porridge. He’s already seen the benefits in terms of weight, skin and energy! Though I think he still misses his chocolate brownies with his coffee, he is determined to keep them out!