Everyone’s diet and health could benefit by replacing the refined white sugar they eat with good quality natural sweeteners such as brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, maple syrup, organic raw honey, palm sugar or molasses. These are all filled with flavour and are delicious.
Refined white sugar, so widely consumed in Australia, has had all the minerals, nutrients and trace elements removed during processing, unlike high quality natural sweeteners.
Eating refined white sugar depletes nutrients in the body, especially chromium, zinc, calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins. Additionally, it disrupts digestion as it reduces digestive enzymes and the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Refined white sugar is metabolised quickly, causing sharp fluctuations in blood sugar levels. As it disrupts the normal release of insulin levels it impacts on the glucose response of the liver, stressing the pancreas and adrenals.
White sugar consumption has been linked to diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, high blood pressure, hyperactivity and depression.
*Stevia is a herb used for sweetening. It can be purchased in liquid or powder form. Strength will vary with different brands.