I am often asked the question, “What do I use as a safe sweetener?”
My answer is “nothing.”
Don’t add any extra sweetness to your foods, at all.
Natural foods are naturally sweet, and your body knows how to process natural sugars without negative ramifications. We all need some sucrose for fuel, and your best solution is NOT adding more than your body needs.
Definitely don’t turn to the man-made forms that your body can’t use.
When fruits and veggies (and meats, for that matter) are ripe for the harvest, the intention is to eat them soon after harvesting. This was really important before refrigeration was discovered.
When assembly-line food processing first began, fresh foods were taken from the farmer’s markets to the processing plants. In order to prevent spoilage, foods were either frozen, dried, or canned as soon as possible to prevent bacteria and other dangerous microbes from settling in.
Once the “product processing” begins, many nutrients are lost when the food is cooked, boxed and packaged, or added to other foods, like cereal or candy. Some nutrients that are destroyed are added back in, like the B-vitamins, for example. And, these two ingredients are added for good taste – salt and sugar.
Who wants to spend their money on a product that tastes bad, right?
Remember, these added ingredients are in man-made forms, so over time, the number of added chemicals and the quality of processed foods has gone downhill, moving farther from the fresh, farmer’s market.
In a nutshell, food for nutrition went from the healthy harvest to unhealthy food processing in the food factory.
No Extra Sugar
Cutting out salt became a fad in the 1970s and 80s when blood pressure and cholesterol issues rose dramatically from too much salt added to manufactured foods. Today, we see a similar issue with obesity and diabetes from adding too much sugar to processed foods. With America’s addiction to sweet tastes, this is a hard thing to change.
Hence, diet chemical sugars were created, and are now put into more and more processed foods.
My best advice to those wanting to eliminate salt and sugar from their diets is to not add any salt or sugar to your foods, at all. And definitely don’t turn to the diet, chemical sugars as a solution to eating sweet stuff.
- eat as many raw and natural foods as possible;
- read your labels to avoid the many processed chemicals used in food manufacturing;
- avoid chemical sugars;
- be satisfied with the natural sweetness of real food;
- don’t add any extra sugar (or salt) to your food.
The answer to the question, which sugar should you use is not to add any extra sugar at all. If you do add sugar, use raw, natural, unprocessed sugarcane … just like people did before food processing technology.
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