From the past many years, humans with sweet tooth have been trying to wean themselves off sugar. Sugar being an addictive ingredient is very hard to avoid. Beyond being very harmful for the body and triggering weight gain, it affects the immunity, causes heart disease, makes your pancreas act all wonky, causes chronic infections, pain syndromes and much more.
The human body processes sugar very rapidly. Sugar as soon as it is consumed, hits your bloodstream to give you a burst of energy. By this sudden energy, the body gets overwhelmed and scrambles to process the sugar by producing insulin which helps in transferring the sugar from the blood to the cells. As, soon as insulin levels increase, the blood sugar levels drops low. Then body then craves for more sugar starts the vicious cycle of eating more and more sweets.
If you study the label of processed foods you shall notice that almost every processed food has a large amount of sugar in it, be it granola, low fat dairy products etc. It can also be seen in many guises. Many studies were conducted to find any natural, sweet alternatives that will not cause any destruction to our health.
If you can’t quit the sweetness in your food and beverages and yet wish to cut down on the calories, we have a way out for you. There are some natural sweeteners that actually do not cause much harm to your health. They are as sweet as sugar, low in fructose and certainly low in calories.
Let us take a look at two sugar alternatives that might actually be healthy.
Xylitol contains about 2.4 calories per gram which is 2/3 of the calories that sugar holds. Xylitol basically is a sugar alcohol which has sweetness comparable to sugar. If you consume Xylitol instead of sugar, you can save yourself from dental problems. Risk of cavities and dental decay will surely stay at bay with the use of Xylitol. High dose of it can cause digestive troubles but if used in low amount, Xylitol keeps your sugar and insulin levels controlled.
Stevia is obtained from the leaves of a plant named Stevia rebaudiana. It is a well known low calorie natural sweetener. This sweetener is popular for its medicinal properties. It has the capability to reduce blood pressure in individuals suffering from hypertension. It also controls the blood sugar levels in people having diabetes. Stevia is many times sweeter than sugar and this is due to its main sweet compounds, rebaudioside and stevioside.
Your body requires sugar too; sugar consumed in small amounts will not do any harm to your metabolism, give you a fat body or destroy your health completely. To balance the level of sugar in your blood we advise you to control the quantity of all your “whites” like say white sugar and flour. According to a recent report published by Allied Market Research, the global alternative sweeteners market was valued at $4,128.9 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $5,426.3 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2018 to 2025. These alternatives are in high demand due to growing concerns about health, diet, and lifestyles and reduce calorie intake in their diet. Processed foods do as much damage as a cup full of sugar. As much as you can, avoid consuming breads, pastries, pasta, soda and juices as all of these have the tendency of escalating the insulin levels in the human body.