Sugar, the sweet poison!
We all know it – the sweet gold that gets us into a kind of euphoria. We love it in the form of chocolate, cookies, cakes, drinks, cereals and fruit yogurts. We need a lot of this wonderful drug, especially when we are under stress!
Unfortunately, the sweet sugar rush is short-lived and can cause permanent damage to our bodies. It damages our vessels and our heart, causes inflammation, lets us age faster, disrupts our hormonal balance, can lead to diabetes, makes us fat, can damage the liver, can lead to cancer and cause Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Sounds bad, I know – but unfortunately that’s the truth. There are innumerable studies on it.
Sugar is a drug, and worse – it is poison for our bodies!
Why is that like that?
Added sugar forms, most of which consist of a type of fructose, cannot be processed properly by the body. Our liver has to metabolize sugar, just like alcohol. It might be able to do this in small amounts, but if it happens all the time, it cannot do it any more, and thus sugar is converted into fat. This leads to fatty liver disease and its secondary diseases.
Sugar is everywhere!
Now you might think that this doesn’t affect you, because you don’t use sugar for your coffee or tee anyway and you hardly need any other sugar !?
But the truth is – sugar is everywhere!
In mueslis, toasted bread, ketchup, tomato sauce, soup cubes, salad dressings, tins, frozen products, sweets, sports bars, biscuits, beverages, jams, spreads, dairy products, yoghurt, quark creams, vegetable milk, sausages, ready-made pizzas and much more! Around 80 percent of all finished products contain added sugar!
Learn, how to read the food labels and take your time for it!
Empty your fridge and organize your pantry!
So what has to go in the garbage can !?
– everything that contains sugar or sugar forms:
What could that be? What can be on the label?
The most commonly used are:
Sugar, cane sugar, raw cane sugar, invert sugar, glucose syrup, fructose syrup, grape sugar, dextrin, dextrose, maltodextrin, barley malt extract, corn syrup, corn syrup, caramel syrup, sugar beet syrup, sucrose, xylitol, birch sugar, erythritol
Then there are the unhealthy sweeteners like:
Acesulfame aspartame salt, acesulfame-K, aspartame, saccharin, steviol glycosides, sucralose
Which sweetness is actually allowed?
In moderation, you can use natural forms of sugar such as:
Dates, honey, coconut blossom sugar, rice syrup, agave syrup, apple juice, pear juice, maple syrup, monk fruit, molasses
Learn to taste again – it will probably take you to get used to the “new sweetness”.
Most recipes (cakes, pies, desserts) have a sugar content that is far too high. That’s why I reduce it by at least 1/3 to 1/2 and only use natural sweetness, as mentioned above. In addition, I completely dispense with wheat flour and replace it with almond flour or gluten-free flours (also be careful because of added sugars) – these flours are naturally slightly sweet.
Good luck discovering a new sweetness!
Dessert with no regrets…
Here is one of my favorite desserts that tastes wonderfully sweet even without sugar and is also super healthy:
Avocado / banana chocolate mousse with berries:
1 can of organic coconut milk (only use the creamy fat portion, otherwise it will be too runny – use the rest of the coconut milk for cooking or a smoothie)
1 tbsp natural sweetness (e.g. maple syrup) or 2 soaked dates (without a core)
2 heaped tablespoons raw cocoa powder (without sugar)
Mix everything with a mixer or smoothie maker
Fill into glasses and put in the fridge!
Decorate with fresh raspberries or other berries before serving!
I like to use chopped almonds, walnuts or chia seeds as a topping.
Life can be sweet and wonderful even without sugar!
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