We all know that too much sugar is bad for you. But is there such thing as a “healthy” sugar option? And if so, what’s the best type?
So in honour of our upcoming Sugar Detox 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, check out our cheat sheet all about sugar and what the different types mean for your health.
What is the best sugar option?
This type of sugar probably has the worst reputation. When sugarcane or sugar beet is refined, the moisture, minerals and compounds are removed, resulting in white refined sugar.
So is brown sugar healthier? The short answer is no. Brown sugar is basically the same as white sugar except it contains molasses, which are the compounds removed during the refining process that give sugars their colour.
This variety of sugar is made from sap from the coconut plant. It has a lower GI (glycemic index) than other sugars, which means blood glucose levels will rise slower when the food is consumed, though the effect may differ depending on the person.
So even though coconut sugar has a lower GI, it is just as high in calories as regular sugar so it doesn’t make it much healthier.
Made from the nectar collected by bees, honey seems like a super healthy, natural option. But because it’s high in fructose which is sweeter than table sugar and has a moderate GI level, make sure you enjoy it in moderation.
So what’s the best option for weight loss?
Cutting out sugar doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your desserts!
By cooking with fruit, you can add in extra nutrients that you wouldn’t get with regular sugar but the fructose means you can still get that sweet flavour. But with everything, moderation is key.
Try these sugar free banana and date muffins that both adults and kids will love! They’re sweetened with dates which are high in fibre as well as essential minerals including selenium, magnesium and iron.
Join us on the Sugar Detox 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
Reducing your added sugar intake is one of the FASTEST ways to lose tummy fat, reduce calories, increase energy, improve your skin and lose excess kilos.
But today, there are added sugars EVERYWHERE and we can be addicted to the white stuff.
And you can also get your FREE Sugar Detox guide and recipes here.