all-about-sugar

Is sugar linked to our emotions?

Sugar from sugar beet or sugar cane is called sucrose or saccharose. The craving for sugar is closely linked to our emotions:

  • The need for cheering ourselves up
  • To feel less lonely
  • To feel loved
  • To boost our self-confidence

What factors trigger the craving for sugar ?

These include:

  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Excess of tea, coffee and tobacco
  • Presence of intestinal fungi

Effects of excessive sugar consumption

Excessive sugar consumption is very addictive and can lead to:

  • Increase of acidity in the body
  • An imbalance in insulin levels with risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Deficiency in minerals and oligo elements such as iron, copper, manganese zinc..etc
  • Stomach irritation
  • Destruction of intestinal flora
  • Cataract development
  • Increased cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Constipation
  • Accelerated aging
  • Weakening of the immune system

How to consume less sugar ?

If you are addicted to sugar, the most effective way to get rid of this addiction is to fast. Apart from all the physical benefits that fasting brings, it also makes you become more selective and discerning in your choice of foods. You learn to control your mind and emotions and to strike a healthy and balanced relationship with food.

If fasting is not your cup of tea, there are some other tips that could help you to control your sugar consumption, such as:

  • To determine the cause of sugar addiction, which sometimes is easier said than done
  • Halve the amount of sugar consumption  
  • Replace white sugar with whole sugar, dried fruit, dates, honey, xylitol or agave syrup
  • Consume twice your normal intake of raw foods and fibre
  • Reduce your consumption of soft drinks and commercial fruit juices
  • Physical activities and oxygen: Help to balance your energy and improve your metabolism

In conclusion: Sugar should be a treat, taken in small quantities at a time!

Baking with whole sugar instead of white sugar

Below is a versatile cake recipe which substitute white sugar with either agave sugar,  muscovado sugar or honey.  Enjoy!

Sponge cake with fruits

Basic Ingredients:

250grms of regular whole wheat flour or unbleached white flour

100 grms of butter or 100ml of vegetable oil

3 eggs

100 grms of muscovado sugar or 85ml of maple syrup or 85ml of honey

2 tbsp of baking powder

2 drops of vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

Method:

Whisk eggs with the sugar of your choice until dissolved

Add the butter or vegetable oil

Add the flour and rest of dry ingredients

Fruits Options:

  • Fresh cherries (stone removed) – about 150 grms or frozen cherries defrosted
  • OR 150 grms of fresh blue berries or frozen ones defrosted
  • OR 150 grms of finely chopped apples

Added options for crunch:

  • 2 tbsp of chopped almonds or walnuts

Fold the fruits of your choice into the mixture above. Bake the cake in preheated oven at 175 °C for about 45-50 mns until cooked.   

Tips:

Substitute white sugar in any of your baking recipes with agave sugar, muscovado sugar, good quality organic honey or maple syrup with the following guidelines:

When substituting maple syrup with white sugar:

use 1 cup of white sugar=3/4 cup of maple syrup or 2/3 cup of agave sugar

Use same quantity of white sugar to muscovado sugar, that 1 cup of white sugar= 1 cup of muscovado sugar

Docteur Sandra Stallaert 

Homéopathe – Nutritionniste

E-mail: contact.lifeconsulting@gmail.com

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