Battle Of The Sweeteners… Which Ones To Use… And Which Ones To NEVER Touch!
Almost everybody loves adding a little something sweet to their tea (even me!…), but there has been a lot of controversy over which sweeteners are the BEST options for health and weight loss, and whether or not those are actually mutually exclusive….
With so many options available; such as raw honey, raw sugar, agave, stevia, and powdered artificial sweeteners… it can be pretty tough to make a choice that helps you feel like you’re eating the most natural sweetener while still keeping on your weight loss track.
With the epidemic of: cancer, child obesity, and diabetes; more researchers are looking carefully at how the sugar “epidemic” began… and how we can put it to rest.
But did you know that 300 years ago – many people didn’t even know that sugar existed? It only became a global commodity about 250 years ago via trade by sea.
That’s right – sugar is relatively NEW to the human diet.
How We Got Our Global Sweet-Tooth
250 years ago trade on the seas was booming. Sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and opium became, for the first time ever, profitable global commodities. Our lives, and our bodies, have changed significantly in the past 300 years. And for the latter- they haven’t improved much.
What doesn’t kill us via famine or plague now kills us more slowly via coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancers.
What was once a guilty pleasure is now a part of our morning beverage ritual, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and after-dinner nightcap.
Ask yourself: have you ever gone a single day in your adult life without tobacco, sugar, or alcohol? It’s likely that you have not. That’s because sugar takes many forms, and it isn’t just something reserved for cookies, cakes, and sweets. In the U.S. it is the most popular addition to foods across the board. And MOST processed foods have it.
It’s known as sugar, raw sugar, dextrose, maltose, glucose, fructose, corn sweetener, honey, corn syrup, sucrose, sorghum syrup, sorbitol, brown sugar, lactose, molasses, syrup, and fruit juice concentrate.
Because sweeteners pair with Hot or Iced SlimTea so beautifully, I’m going to dissect the different forms of sweeteners for you today.
DON’T USE: Powdered Sweeteners or Aspartame
Let’s start by talking about which sweetener you SHOULDN’T use: that’s powdered artificial sweeteners that use aspartame.
Fake sugars, diet sodas, and even sugarless chewing gum are all plagued with the chemical aspartame, an artificial sweetener.
You’ll also see it snuck into yogurts, ‘vitamin drinks’, and sugarless energy drinks. It is because of aspartame that diet food has such a bad wrap!
And for good reason… Aspartame is linked to cancers, birth defects, and heart problems. Plus, people who consume these fake sugars actually gain MORE weight!
They make you psychologically and physically dependent on a sweet flavor, they’re addictive, and they inhibit your body’s ability to guage whether or not you’ve had enough to eat.
Read more about the dangerous effects of aspartame here.
Also check out these charts I made you below:
Beware: if you begin removing aspartame from your diet, you’re probably going to have INTENSE sugar cravings!
When I first gave up chewing gum – I’d want to drink tablespoons of something sweet to get my sugar craving under control.
Give yourself a week, or even a month, and I trust that your body, your brain, and your waistline will thank you!
And if you’re going to brave such a feat – please keep SlimTea Appetite-Suppressing Capsules with you! (They’re a real lifesaver and they’re 100% natural!)
DON’T USE: Refined Sugar
How bad can sugar be? Well consider this: one measly teaspoon of white sugar has 15 calories A teaspoon of corn syrup has 20 calories. And the average can of soda has 11 TEASPOONS of sugar… translating to between 165 and 220 calories just from sugar!
A couple hundred years ago when sugar started to creep into the American diet, people only ate about 2 lbs per year.
Today the average American eats over 150 pounds of sugar per year. That’s 3 POUNDS of sugar per WEEK!
The average American even consumes more than 40 teaspoons DAILY of sugar. Imagine setting 40 teaspoons of anything in front of you. It’s overwhelming… and indeed it’s a scary thought!
DON’T USE: Fructose
Fructose causes insulin resistance.
What does that mean? Well, insulin is a hormone used to regulate your metabolism and energy use. It sends a signal to your cells to dictate how we use glucose for energy. Insulin levels spike when we eat a high-carbohydrate meal because the excess glucose is actually toxic. When you’re insulin response is healthy, your blood glucose remains steady.
However, when your cells become resistant to insulin, your blood glucose spikes to toxic levels without the ability to drive out the excess glucose. This causes insulin resistance; which is likely to lead to fat storage… and even diabetes!
Fructose is known to spike insulin levels. What’s more, fructose can cause your brain to think your still hungry when you’re already exceeded the calories you need; which causes even more weight gain.
One NASTY form of fructose is high fructose corn syrup.
High fructose corn syrup is a highly-toxic sweetener added to everything from ‘diet’ foods to ketchup to most bottled beverages, and even salad dressings!
What’s more, High Fructose Corn Syrup almost always makes the list of top cancer-causing foods!
Use: RAW Honey
Honey is an all-natural sweetener, produced when bees gather nectar from flowers, and store it in honeycombs where it is transformed into honey.
Out of the 279 g of carbohydrates in a cup of honey, 278 g are from sugars, and these the sugars are primarily in the form of fructose and glucose.
Honey is a great source of vitamin C, and contains vitamin B6, niacin, and folate.
And on a different note, honey can be great for people with seasonal allergies.
Like a vaccine, which exposes your body to a small amount of the pathogen, honey exposes your immune to small amounts of pollen, and allows your immune system to build up antibodies in defense. (This trick worked great for me!)
Honey is good for you, but did you know that raw honey is even better?
Honey in it’s raw state is loaded with nutrients that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else in nature. These include:
- Bee pollen: A superfood linked to anti-allergenic and anti-cancer properties
- Amylase: An enzyme that helps your digestive system break down starches.
- Propolis: Bees use this to protect their hives from undesired organisms. It has anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
- Antioxidants: The high antioxidants in honey work to cleanse your body and your skin.
USE: Grade B Maple Syrup
Many people looking to lose weight choose Maple Syrup over Honey.
To many peoples surprise, maple syrup is actually considered a man-made product, and is produced by heating the sap of the maple tree into the substance that we all know and love.
Unlike honey, in a cup of maple syrup, 192 of the 216 grams of carbs are from sugars, and the sugars are primarily in the form of sucrose.
This means that that a cup of honey has 62 less carbs per cup than honey, and less of those carbs are from sugar.
Maple syrup also contains considerably more calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper per serving than honey, as well.
Reasons to choose Grade B Maple Syrup include:
- It’s the most minimally processed
- It’s the most nutrient-dense form of maple syrup
- It contains trace minerals from the maple tree’s roots
- High in manganese, which helps aids enzyme and antioxidant absorption
- Helps boost your energy levels
- Contains immune-boosting zinc
- Contains calcium
- Safe to store at room temperature
- It contains NO corn syrup like store-bought ‘pancake’ syrup
This is by no means a comprehensive list of EVERY sweetener out there, but these are the big ones!
Next time you make a cup of metabolism boosting SlimTea, think about which sweetener is best for you.
If you rely heavily on sweeteners in your food, it’s good to take a break for your body, and your palate!
Read more about how to curb those ‘sweet cravings’ here.