I eat sugar in moderation, I bake with sugar in moderation, and we use sugar in our products at Erin Baker's in moderation. Moderation is the key to enjoying the sweeter things in life without suffering the consequences. Sugar is not the culprit... our overconsumption is and I believe the sweet stuff can be enjoyed without wreaking unhealthy havoc on our bodies.
Sugar is sugar in how it pencils out on a calorie counter... white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, sugar in the raw, molasses, honey... they are all the same in terms of calories. The difference lies in the nutrition. For example, molasses contains iron, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, and magnesium; while white sugar is simply sucrose taking sugar down to its simplest form but devoid of any nutrition. Combining any kind of sugar with whole grains and healthy fats will slow down the digestion process leaving your body more balanced and satisfied.
Knowledge is power and if you are concerned that you or your family is eating too much sugar here's 4 rules you should live by NOW!
- READ about sugar. There is an enormous amount of information online about sugar, enough so that you can make an informed decision about what to do. Spend just 5 minutes and you will learn enough to decide for yourself.
- MAKE SURE sugar is NOT the first ingredient in whatever you are eating. Believe it or not this can be difficult... but not if you are eating my goodies!
- It's a GREAT thing if whole grains, nuts, or seeds are the first ingredient enabling the sugar to burn slower and more evenly.
- SODA... if you drink it, cut back by mixing your favorite soda with 1/2 club soda, that way you can have your cake and eat it too. For the kiddos I would go with 1/4 soda and 3/4 club soda.
From experience I have learned if I am overwhelmed it can be paralyzing. Somehow my action switch is just outside my reach. I know I should do something but there's just so much to do I can't seem to get started. Above I have given you 4 rules that are doable for anyone. Believe it or not taking these steps will translate soon to more steps and before you know it you will be looking back saying "why did it take me so long?"
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