SWEET THINGS

We know that too much re­fined sugar is bad for you, and ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers can some­times add calo­ries to a meal. In­stead of go­ing cold (and sug­ar­less) tur­key, try some of these health­ier sugar sub­sti­tu­tions

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Jill Schild­house

We know that too much re­fined sugar is bad for you, and ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers can some­times add calo­ries to a meal. In­stead of go­ing cold (and sug­ar­less) tur­key, try some of these health­ier sub­sti­tu­tions.

Sugar in the morn­ing, sugar in the evening, sugar at sup­per­time — while this pop­u­lar song from the 1950s is more about love than white gran­ules of sweet­ness, it per­fectly de­scribes the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can diet. In fact, the av­er­age Amer­i­can con­sumes more than 126 grams of sugar per day (think: three 12-ounce cans of soda), which hap­pens to be more than twice what the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­om­mends for daily in­take.

Count­less stud­ies re­veal the in­cred­i­bly ad­dic­tive na­ture of sugar, which re­leases chem­i­cals that set off the brain’s plea­sure cen­ter — much like drugs. Plus, ex­cess sugar neg­a­tively im­pacts weight, choles­terol, and blood pres­sure, and can lead to di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. And don’t for­get about chem­i­cal-laden high-fruc­tose corn syrup, which is found in most pack­aged snacks and junk foods, and al­most makes sugar look in­no­cent.

“The rea­son high-fruc­tose corn syrup is usu­ally one of the first ingredients on the la­bel of pro­cessed foods is be­cause it is cheaper and sweeter than sugar,” says Alexandra Cata­lano, a holis­tic nu­tri­tion­ist and creator of the pop­u­lar life­style brand Eat Cute. “High-fruc­tose corn syrup is one of the most toxic foods we can con­sume. Not only does it con­tain chem­i­cal tox­ins like mer­cury, but it can cause obe­sity, di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, and fatty liver dis­ease. Sim­ply re­mov­ing sugar from your diet and us­ing nat­u­ral sources of sweet­ness is truly the key to be­ing your most vi­brant and healthy self.”

So, how can you en­joy the foods you love with­out the risk of fa­tal dis­eases and poor health? By switch­ing to less ad­dic­tive and more nat­u­ral op­tions when it comes to sweet treats. Con­sider the fol­low­ing:

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