From our Facebook archives, this seems like an apropos topic as we approach the holiday season and become invariably inundated with sweets.
One of our recommended First Steps is to replace sugar with natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw local honey, grade B maple syrup, pure maple sugar, molasses, dehydrated coconut nectar, coconut palm sugar, green powder stevia, rapadura and sucanat.
Eliminating all sugar isn’t usually necessary or appealing to most. According to Ayurveda, we are designed to enjoy sweet foods, along with sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent ones. Dr. Nancy Appleton’s extensive research on sugar published in her book, Suicide by Sugar, led her to uncover the fact that for healthy individuals, the threshold of added sugar is two teaspoons at one time, no more than two to three times a day, totaling two tablespoons altogether. This means any sugar—white table sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice, maple syrup, honey, dextrose, brown rice syrup, maple sugar or coconut sugar. For individuals facing health challenges, no amount of sugar is recommended, at least for the short term.
Read about sugar cravings.
What we do recommend:
You can purchase these via our Amazon affiliation which supports our educational initiative at no additional cost to you.
RAW ORGANIC HONEY
ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP
PURE ORGANIC MAPLE SUGAR
ORGANIC COCONUT PALM SUGAR
STEVIA GREEN POWDER
ORGANIC WHOLE CANE SUGAR KNOWN AS SUCANANT
We don’t recommend!
AGAVE NECTAR OR AGAVE SYRUP
Read Agave Nectar: Worse Than We Thought and Agave: Nectar of the Gods? to learn more. Also the press release from the Weston A. Price Foundation titled Agave Worse Than Sugar offers a summary of our concerns.
Read more on this post Xylitol: Is It Beneficial, or Even Safe?
What natural sweeteners do you use? Please share in the comments below!