Sugar and spice used to be considered “everything nice” back a generation or two ago. Now, however, more and more bad news about sugar keeps surfacing on what seems like an almost weekly basis. Sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), fructose, dextrose, malts, syrups, artificial sweeteners and more are doing much more harm than good, and it pays to sit up and notice what’s going on.
What Are Sugar Replacements?
Many weight loss programs in the past advocated the use of artificial sweeteners as a way to reduce the overall calories on a diet. These unhealthy diets relied on super sweet dishes and overly flavored foods to compensate for the very small portions and calorie dense foods allowed on the diet plans.
Many pre-packaged diet foods are literally just a big chemical soup. And, ultimately, all the unnatural flavorings only lead to a greater desire for sweets, and an insatiable sweet tooth, as well as a “hunger” that cannot be quenched
Why does this happen? It’s because your body is deprived of nutrition, and you are constantly eating in an attempt to supply your body with the missing nutrients. In fact, many of the artificial sweeteners and flavors are quite harmful. They have been shown to cause a host of diseases, illnesses, mental and emotional problems, skin problems, immune system issues, and more.
Again, chemicals simply cannot replace the tastes of nature and the satisfaction you feel from eating whole natural foods as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Once you cut back upon, and eventually eliminate, these toxins from your diet you’ll get much more enjoyment from your food.
How to Sweeten Your Foods
Once you remove the processed sugar from your diet, you will start to appreciate the finer nuances and sweetness of fruits and naturally sweet food sources. Inulin, for example, is a fiber, that is naturally sweet. It is often used in preservative free natural bars and cookies.
Fruits, dried fruits, and fruit juices are amazingly sweet and provide a host of nutrients while at the same time delighting your taste buds. Other natural sweeteners include things like pure maple syrup, agave syrup, honey and stevia. There are many delicious options.
Flavor and Spice
As part of your weight loss program or healthy fit lifestyle, try slowly replacing some of the sugars and artificial flavorings with more natural options. You don’t need the intense artificial flavors created in a lab to enjoy a delicious dish, either. Learn to use spices to amp up the flavor in your healthy entrees.
Try this recipe; a satisfying naturally sweetened treat:
Spiced Coconut and Mango Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 scoop Viance Vitality Blend
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 mango, cubed
- Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
- For more, great, sweet-tooth satisfying recipes, be sure to visit Viance Nutrition. You can learn a lot more about delicious alternatives to sugary foods and desserts at Viance.com. Life can still be sweet when you’re eating clean and healthy!