Ten years ago I found out I was borderline diabetic. Determined NOT to become full blown diabetic I immediately changed the sugar and
sweeteners I use.
Are you ready? Here is what I did.
I went from refined sugar and sweeteners to unrefined organic sugar and sweeteners.
You're thinking WHAT? that's the same thing. Sugar is sugar, Right? WRONG!
All sugar is not created equal. You see to make refined white sugar (and yes brown sugar is also refined) is (in a nut shell):
1. They take the sugar caneand press the molasses out of it.
2. Using bone ash they bleach it.
3. To make brown sugar molasses is added back to the refined white sugar, which doesn't change it back into organic sugar.
What ends up happening is all the nutrients are removed and you end up with is a nutritionally deficient sweetener that stimulates your
taste buds to want more and more. Which are just wasted calories and non complex carbohydrates that cause you to gain weight.
However, with organic unrfined sugars this is how they are made (again in a nut shell version):
1. They take the sugar cane an press out the molasses.
2. Then either they let the molasses dry naturally or use a heat source (Depending on what type of brown sugar you are using), leaving all
of the nutrients contained.
3. To make a lighter sugar they take the molasses and steam it to create a vapor and dry it.
So you can see how oranic unrefined sugar retains its nutrients.
Also, I have found that by using the unrefined organic sugars I eat a lot less of the same foods. I don't crave more and more sugar.
Where I used to be able to eat two pieces of cheesecake, and I LOVE cheesecake, now I can only eat one smaller piece. My taste buds
and belly are much more easliy satisfied, which in my book is a good thing. By making these changes I have lost a total of 65 pounds. I
am at a plateau right now and need toexercise more but at least I know the foods I eat aren't the problem, it's just me. Also, because I
have lost so much weight I feel better and have more energy.
In the beginning I mentioned that I switched the sweeteners I use as well. So instead of regular pancake syrup I use Pure Maple Syrup,
Honey and Brown Rice Syrup are great replacements for Corn Syrup.
I use Brown Rice Syrup in any recipe that calls for Corn Syrup and I have found it works pefectly so far. It also has a nicer flavor. While it
is plenty sweet it does not have that over the top cotton candy sweetness to it. Instead it has a very pleasant buttery flavor.
Like I said before, I am NOT a doctor or any type of health care provider. I am just me. A mother of nine, grandmother of 9, and wife to
only one husband in my life, and Cast Iron Pam.
I hope you have found this information informative and helpful.
Don't exclusively take my word for it check out the information for yourself.