Monday, October 19, 2009
Give Me Some Sugar!
Today’s lunch was LEFTOVERS, my favorite! I added a little brown rice to the top for a little more umph.
For Dessert I enjoyed some super juicy strawberries.
After work today I have an easy 3 mile run with the cross country team planned. We have a meet tomorrow so I want to keep their legs FRESH and LOOSE!
I have been learning a lot about sugar this past week and I thought I would share some fun facts with you all.
A sweet syrup, like honey, but a little thinner in consistency. Because it has a low glycermic index and will not elevate blood sugar, it is a great honey replacement for diabetics and low-glycemic dieters.
Barley malt syrup and powder
Barley malt syrup metabolizes slowly in the body but does have calories and carbohydrates. Diabetics and low-carb dieters should use it with caution. Otherwise, it is fine for anyone who wants a whole-food natural sweetener.
Brown rice syrup
Brown rice syrup metabolizes slowly but does have calories and carbohydrates. Diabetics and low-carb dieters should use it with caution. Otherwise, it is fine for anyone who wants a whole-food natural sweetener.
Though fresh dates score low on the glycemic index, dried fruits always score higher, and dehydration would make is score higher still, as the sugar becomes more and more concentrated. So it's not recommended for diabetics or those on a low-glycermic diet, but it's great for anyone else who wants a very unrefined close-to-nature sweetener.
Evaporated Cane Juice
Evaporated organic cane juice" is just that--the juice of the same sugar cane used to make refined white sugar, but in it's whole, natural state. Only the water is removed. As a whole food it still retains its vitamins and minerals. It also retains its natural balance of sucrose, glucose, and fructose instead of being straight sucrose. This is a dark brown sugar that contains molasses and has a slight caramel flavor
These natural cane sugars processed "low-tech" contain components essential for their digestion and are metabolized more slowly than white sugar.
Lot’s to digest here, I can say this… Natural sweeteners are far better for our bodies than refined sugars or artificial sweeteners!!
Hubby is given some Sugar :).
What kinds of sugars do you enjoy?