Do you really know why sugar is bad for you and what it can do to your immune system? Although we may know, we still continue to eat it…
Just to give you an idea, here are the top fifteen ways your body can be affected by sugar…as written by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. www.nancyappleton.com
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system; 2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body; 3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children; 4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides; 5. Sugar contributes to a lower defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases); 6. Sugar can cause loss of tissue elasticity, so the more sugar you eat the less elasticity in your tissues; 7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins; 8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency; 9. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries; 10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose; 11. Sugar causes copper deficiency; 12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium; 13. Sugar can weaken your eyesight; 14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine; 15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
So here is a possible substitute for refined sugar…AGAVE NECTAR…
I was at the health store the other day buying my AGAVE NECTAR…I like to use it in tea instead of sugar and for cooking.
So I was chatting with a young man working in the store about it. He said it is a good substitute for sugar, because it doesn’t cause such a spike in sugar levels. People with diabetes or hypoglycemia are recommended to use it…
Since I am borderline hypoglycemic, I like to use it for that reason also.
AGAVE NECTAR is actually naturally extracted from a cactus-like plant called the maguey plant, which has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, gas and as a diuretic.
This is also a good substitute as a vegan honey alternative and has a GI (glycemic index) of 1/5 that of table sugar.
Now there are twenty calories per teaspoon of agave and it is sweeter than sugar, so when substituting agave for sugar in cooking, for example, try using one-third less than the amount of sugar called for and reduce other liquids by one-fourth.
Be sure to look for the USDA-certified organic seal or the certified-organic stamp from Quality Assurance International!
What I like is that is a more natural alternative!
Jill Ann Bromwich