The wicked effects of added sugar are becoming increasingly more evident! People are turning back to natural substitutes.
Today, the over consumption of sugar is the number one reason for American obese epidemic. For an average person who is having a BMI of 25, the WHO recommends only 6 teaspoons of sugar.
It is loaded into majority of processed foods, where it is present in also in unsuspected places like sauces, salad dressings, breads and even frozen fruits.
The refined sugar we are now using is an unnatural substance. It is manufactured by industries from sugar cane. It is refined with chemicals like sulphur dioxide, phosporic acid, calcium hydroxide and activated carbon and stripped off all the nutrient substances it originally had!
By refining it down to sucrose and removing all the nutrients, enzymes and minerals, concentrated unnatural substances is left out for us to consume:(
1. Deadly Addiction Of Refined Sugar
People not only develop a deathly addiction but also insatiable craving for it. The reason behind the strong craving is refined sugar stresses the pancreas and depletes the body’s supplies for chromium.
Chromium deficiency will lead to sugar cravings. Satisfying this sugar cravings increases sugar and deficiency of chromium.
Then, it lead to weight gain irritability mood swings indigestion, depletes your body of all the B vitamins, droop calcium from your hair, bones and teeth.
“Refined sugar are bad as much as it taste good! Because of its high calorie content, if you have diabetic history in your family, let’s say high blood fat levels, consuming sugar will affect your pancreas and increase your triglyceride levels which leads to increased risk of developing a cardiovascular disease” told Ravish basist, a fitness and nutrition expert.
2. Damages Your Immune System
- Causes premature aging
- Leads to weight gain
- Harm for liver
- Increase hyperactivity
- Leads to depression
3. The Best Alternative For Refined Sugar
The boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm is called as coconut sugar. Coconut sugar offers some nutrients and also reduce blood sugar level. Coconut sugar offers more vitamins and minerals than refined sugar. It contains nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc.
Let’s dive straight! Here, I am going to explain about the nutritional boons of coconut sugar.
1. Good For The Gut!
Insulin has the ability to promote the growth of intestinal bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria boost up the body-friendly bacteria and builds up immunity. Bifidobacteria produces vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin K.
2. Low Glycemic Index
“Glycemic index ranks just 35 on the index whereas to the regular table sugar which ranks between 60 to 65”, says Meher Rajput, Dietitian and Nutritionist at FitPass.
High glycemic index foods can cause your blood sugar to spike suddenly. Coconut sugar contains a fibre called insulin which slows down the glucose absorption.
3. Increases Blood Circulation
The small amount of iron found in their natural sugar will have an impact on your overall blood circulation, which can increase oxygenation and nutrient availability in the body.
Iron is a key component in red blood cells, and without proper levels in the body, you may suffer the symptoms of anemia, including muscle weakness, headaches, fatigue and gastrointestinal problems.
4. Diabetes Management
For diabetics, coconut sugar is an alternative to regular sugar. It is more nutritious than regular sugar as it undergoes minimal processing, the calorie content is the same as regular sugar.
5. Strengthens Immune System
With some amount of vitamin C in this sugar, it have a minimal impact on the immune system and can drive the production of white blood cells, which are the soldiers of our body to protect against microorganisms and toxic.
6. Side Effects of Coconut Sugar
There are some dangerous side effects to excessive consumption of coconut sugar which result in diabetes, cardiovascular complications, weight gain, inflammation and lowered metabolism. Anything in moderation is better!
Along with refined sugar,coconut sugar can be noxcious for people with diabetes, due to the level of fructose.
Inspite of concentration of fructose is lower in coconut sugar, it can be broken down into simple sugars and will result in dangerous spikes in blood glucose levels. Though inulin, a specific type of fiber is present to not cause harmful effects still moderation is a key.
Consuming too much sugar in any form can put your cardiovascular health in risk. Studies have found a relationship between refined sugar intake and the breakdown of blood vessels and arteries, which can put your heart health at risk.
If too much coconut sugar is consumed, the body will be unable to process all of it into usable energy, resulting in some of those(fructose) being stored as fat, which will result in weight gain.
Coconut sugar is also quite high in calories, which is is not a good option for people who wants to lose their weight.