Is brown rice syrup a healthy choice?

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re­fined sug­ars on a reg­u­lar ba­sis makes you hun­gry and you have lit­tle chance of in­nate ap­petite reg­u­la­tion when you in­clude these pro­cessed foods in how you eat.

Per­son­ally, I pre­fer to use fruit such as dates or Manuka honey as sweet­en­ers (spar­ingly though). This is be­cause these are less re­fined op­tions (foods with less ‘‘hu­man in­ter­ven­tion’’) so they still con­tain some ben­e­fi­cial nu­tri­ents. For ex­am­ple, in ad­di­tion to sug­ars, dates also way we eat. Nutri­tional as­pect aside, the re­lent­less guilt that can come with con­sum­ing some­thing that is per­ceived as ‘‘bad’’ or ‘‘un­healthy’’ can be just as dam­ag­ing to your health as the ac­tual food.

So rather than think­ing of foods (in­clud­ing sug­ars) as be­ing ‘‘good’’, ‘‘bad’’, ‘‘healthy’’ or ‘‘un­healthy’’, view them as be­ing nu­tri­tious (or not). Peo­ple are healthy, or they aren’t, and the more nu­tri­tious foods we choose, the health­ier we will be. Re­mem­ber, it’s what you do ev­ery day that im­pacts on your health, not what you do oc­ca­sion­ally.


Dates are a good al­ter­na­tive to sweet­en­ers but for those who can­not di­gest fruc­tose prop­erly, use brown rice syrup.

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