This is a question that is often asked. Some answer the question with a yes, and others a resounding no. So which one is it?
Let us help you figure out the answer.
When it comes to having a plant-based diet, there are certain food stuffs that are strictly off the table. These often do harm and negate the benefits that you would otherwise be bathing in when venturing out into plant-based meals. Refined sugars such as those present in high fructose corn syrup and white sugar are not to be on your plate. The truth is that these are heavily processed and whatever nutrients it did have are long gone. Now all that remains is a sugar rush-nothing more.
How Do You Sweeten Your Food?
If you want to sweeten what you place on your palate, then you will have to look at natural and less refined alternatives to sugars. The likes of brown maple syrup, dates paste and maple syrup all go wonderfully together. Fruit purees like unsweetened apple sauce and mashed bananas are healthy and effective ways of meeting your sweet cravings, anytime.
Why The Refined Sugar Has To Go: Is It Such A Big Deal?
Refined sugars are made from sugar cane and beets. The last you checked, sugar cane does perfectly fit the description of plant-based, so what’s the big deal?
The term ‘refined’ sugar means that the sugar cane undergoes refining. From extraction to purification- in the midst of this, most of the fiber that is present is thrown down the chute. Fibers play the role of scrubbing your small intestine and clearing it away of bad cholesterol. Not just that, it also slows the rate of absorption of sugar to your bloodstream.
It is for this exact reason why you get sugar rushes just as quickly as you lose them when you down a sugary drink.
Refined Sugars Make Matters Worse
Refined sugars are inflammatory and have a barrage of health issues and risks associated with including them in your diet. For starters, you have obesity and type 2 diabetes. To pile on top of that, there is an increased risk of heart diseases and certain types of cancers like breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and uterine cancer.
To add to the above, refined sugars are addictive as hell. Need I say more?
Make The Change
Lose out on the refined sugars and you are sure to be feeling like you’re in you’re a-game. Whatever you eat, there is a safer, healthier and just as tasty plant-based alternative out there. Sugars are no different.