Sugar is always present in everything we eat or drink. We put sugar in our daily morning coffee, tea, or milk. There is sugar in candies, chocolate, cakes, and even in fruits.
Sugar, in its natural form, is not exactly bad for our health. It brings quite a number of healthy effects on our body. It has calorie content that gives our body instant energy and it contains glycolic acid that helps maintain the skin. Our brains also need sugar to function well.
However, too much of a sweet thing is dangerous. Excessive sugar intake may cause chronic diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, increase in blood triglycerides and visceral fat, and metabolic syndrome which may lead to obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, and a lifetime of poor health. Not to mention that it can swiftly give you additional pounds and inches to your waistline.
This doesn’t mean that we have to give up our favorite sweets. Moderate or little sugar intake does not exactly harm the body. Furthermore, there are natural sweeteners that can substitute refined sugar and, at the same time, gives beneficial effects to the body.
Though it still contains fructose just like refined sugar, coconut sugar also contains minerals and nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and anti- oxidants. It also contains inulin, a type of fiber that slows down glucose absorption.
Honey has been used as a natural sweetener since ancient times and it has a number of amazing benefits for the body. It has flavonoids and anti-oxidants and is known to reduce a cough and throat irritation. It also contains probiotic for a healthier digestive system. Did I mention that it can moisturize and nourish the skin, as well?
Some people prefer maple syrup over honey, mainly, because of its lower calorie count. Maple syrup contains anti-oxidants, zinc, iron, and other minerals and vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6. When buying one, make sure to select the kind which does not contain flavorings and corn syrup.