Weights and Balances (Year 5 Issue 32) April 11, 2018

Apr 11 2018 Year 5 Issue 32

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Ways to Cut Sugar out of your Diet

The simplest way to cut down dramatically the amount of sugar in your diet is to switch to consuming only whole unprocessed foods.  Most of the added sugars come from processed foods and not from adding some to your coffee or tea.

  • Using Stevia or Lo Han instead of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners.  Stevia is an extremely sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, which is completely safe (in its natural form). Green stevia is the whole plant, while white stevia is processed and can often contain other ingredients like natural flavors or dextrose − a form of sugar. One hundred percent green stevia in its natural state is what you want.
  • Using fresh fruit in lieu of canned fruit or sugar for meals or recipes calling for a bit of sweetness and have immune and cancer preventative properties.
  • Using spices instead of sugar to add flavor to your meal
  • Consider reducing your protein intake to less than 65grams a day
  • Replace the non-vegetable carbs (sugar/fructose/grains) and excess protein with high quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
  • Sweeteners containing aspartame, saccharin or sucralose contribute to bladder cancer, lymphoma and leukemia, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Read carefully the package labels, look for sugar listed as the first ingredient, and be aware of hidden sugar names: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, and dextrose.