We all know cutting sugar out of your diet can only be a good thing but saying goodbye to the sweet stuff is no mean feat. If you’re on the fence then find some impetus from Get The Gloss, who have enlisted the help of celebrity nutritionist Amelia Freer. Amelia has laid out the key facts on why sugar is bad for you as well as offering up four natural alternatives for those who don’t feel like they can't quite kick the sugar-high habit. Ladies, take note.
SUGAR, IS SUGAR… IS SUGAR
All forms of natural sugar (honey, maple syrup, fruit, coconut nectar, date puree, raw sugar), impact blood glucose levels to some extent and lead to the release of insulin. The hormone insulin instructs the body to move glucose from the bloodstream and into the cells where it is either used for energy or converted into fat for storage. No matter how natural or nutrient-rich a sugar may be, the body responds in much the same way. For this reason, all sugars should be used in moderation, regardless of their source.
PHASING SUGAR OUT
Reducing both obvious and hidden sugars from the diet is one of the most effective things we can do for our health. Going ‘cold turkey’ can be tough for a few weeks but before long, the body adjusts and we become better at controlling our blood sugars, which thankfully means fewer cravings. Also, our taste buds adjust and we are able to appreciate the flavour and variation of whole foods much more.
NO SWEETENER IS 100% HEALTHY
Low calorie ‘natural’ sweeteners (such as stevia or xylitol) are a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing - they aren’t quite as harmless as you might think. To beat sugar cravings and take control of your blood sugars, you really want to take a break from all sweeteners, to allow your taste buds, and brain, to adjust.