How can something that makes everything taste so good be so bad? In moderation, it isn’t but moderation is the tricky part because eating a little leaves the body craving more. Read on to learn more about the addictive ingredient called sugar.
What it is: Sugar is a carbohydrate with absolutely zero nutritional value.
Sugar Addiction: Consuming sugar alters the taste receptors so other foods with more natural sweetness taste less flavorful. When eliminating it from ones diet, withdrawal symptoms can occur in the form of fatigue, depression, headaches, and even aches and pains.
Sugar enters the body rapidly because there are no other nutrients to slow it down. Blood glucose (-ose means sugar) rises and the human body must quickly kick work with the pancreas to get insulin circulating to release sugar from the blood and away from cells. As this is happening, there is an initial rush of energy. Once insulin is released and blood sugar drops, so does the energy and negative mood swings may result.
Over consumption of sugar (more than 12 grams per day) can suppress the immune system, lowering the ability of white blood cells to fight disease causing bacteria and finally, resulting in more colds, flu, and other illnesses. It will cause a feeling of fullness for a short period of time which can lead to neglect of vitamins, minerals, and protein found in healthy foods. Diseases often caused by too much sugar are obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, allergies, asthma, arthritis and more. Sugar will cause weight gain, not by excess of calories but because the body will convert that sugar overload into fat or store it in the liver damaging the organ which will build up fat.
Good Sugar: Not all sugar is bad. Added sugars are the high fructose corn syrups, the granulated sugars, processed sugars that are added to foods. Even honey, agave, brown rice syrup and maple syrup are sugars which should be consumed in moderation. Sugars found in fruits and vegetables and whole foods are ok to consume. Source: Casey Seidenberg, co-founder of Nourish Schools, a Washington DC based nutrition education company.
Next time you get a sugar craving, grab an apple, a pear, or other fruit that is nature made. Skip the orange juice, grab an orange.
Sugar Free Chocolate Loaf
Makes 1 x 1lb loaf
• 3/4 cup concentrated frozen apple juice – thawed
• 1/2 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 3/4 cup bread flour
• 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
• 2 tsp grated orange zest
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 1/4 tsp tsp dry yeast.
In a small saucepan, heat the apple juice to a boil then stir in the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.
Add the chocolate mix to the bread maker, then the vanilla and water. Top with the flours, zest, salt and yeast.
Put on basic bread setting, 1 lb loaf, light crust and allow the aroma to consume your kitchen.