WHY SHOULD YOU GO FOR A LOW-SUGAR DIET? AND HOW?

Do you know? Sugar actually lies at the root of many health problems, including heart disease, obesity and the infamous diabetes. One of our modern-day struggles is that sugar is now getting harder and harder to avoid. Most conventional packaged food like nut butter, canned soups are packed with hidden sugar.

 

Why is Low-Sugar Diet good for you?

  • Support Weight Loss
    • Lowering sugar intake has been clinically proven to help with weight loss and your over-all well-being
    • Consuming high levels of sugar increases the chance of obesity and visceral fat, which is not good news to your internal organs
  • Promotes heart well-being
    • Lowering sugar intake help to lower blood pressure
    • Promote the raise of good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
    • Leading to a prevention of strokes and heart attacks
  • Lower risks of type II diabetes
    • Sugar is not always the sole cause of diabetes, however, by eating less of it lowers the chance and risk of turning diabetic
    • High sugar intake always encourages weight gain
  • Feel better
    • Eating too much refined carbohydrates and sugar links to an increased inflammation
      • Excess production of glycation end products leads to oxidate stress and inflammation
    • Sugary diet increases gut permeability
      • Bacteria, toxins and other undigested food particles can move in and out your gut freely, into your bloodstream
      • Further contributes to inflammation in your body

 

“I am a sweet tooth, and I can’t imagine waving goodbye to my sugary palate!”

Don’t worry! There are plenty of low-carb and low-calorie sweeteners that are way better for you than sugar. We are here to help make it an easy, fun and delicious journey for you.

 

Eating healthy is supposed be to FUN. There are plenty of easy and delicious recipes available out there that makes lowering sugar intake a piece of cake. Speaking of easy recipes and “cake”, you have to check out our Keto Raspberry Bead Recipe! Absolutely friendly for those who wishes to lower their sugar intake and monitor their sugar level!

 

Just like everything else in life, do it with moderation. As long as you learn to manage your meals balanced, substitutions and modifications can be done with a low sugar lifestyle. Other than sugar, there are an abundance of fresh food and ingredients that will enable you to stick out for yourself and maintain a balance and healthy lifestyle. On top of that, low-carb sugar substitutes are also available in the market to help you make healthier options.

 

LOW-CARB SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

  • Stevia
    • Popular Sugar Alternative
    • An herb under Asteraceae species
    • Controlled trials have shown that:
      • Stevia has minimal effect on blood glucose, insulin, blood pressure
      • Contains zero calories & zero carbs
      • Support weight control
    • Monk Fruit
      • A fruit native to Thailand and China
      • Zero Calories & zero net carbs
      • Does not spike blood sugar
      • Contains Mogrosides
        • An antioxidant that helps fight off free radicals and prevent inflammation

 

OTHER SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

  • Tagatose
  • Erythritol

 

NATURAL SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

(Better for your body but not keto-friendly, replacing refined sugar still)

  • Raw Honey
    • Abundant in micronutrients
      • Vitamin B6
      • Thiamin
      • Niacin
      • Riboflavin
      • Pantothenic Acid
      • Calcium
      • Copper
      • Iron
      • Magnesium
      • Manganese
      • Phosphorus
      • Potassium
      • Sodium
      • Zinc
    • Contains carbs content
      • Mainly come from sugar
    • Zero grams of total fat
  • Maple Syrup
    • Filled with antioxidants
    • 99% carbohydrates
  • Coconut Palm Sugar/ Coconut Flower Sugar
    • Comes from the sap of the flowers of the coconut pam tree
    • Looks similar to brown sugar
    • Ranks low on the glycemic index
    • Still, it is high in carbohydrates, but definitely a way better alternative than regular white sugar

 

Is “sugar substitutes” in the market always good for you?

Now that we are learning a little bit more about different sugar alternatives. Here are a few that is available in the market that might not be the best for you. Example:

 

  • Splenda
    • Aka sucralose
    • Very common artificial sweetener
    • Shown to cause inflammation and kill healthy bacteria in your gut

 

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