We know our cells run on carbohydrates… andwe know we shouldn’t consume too many simple sugars. Obviously, we need some wisdom to find the answer to this problem.
What can we do? Most artificial sweeteners are not good. Ingredients such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose are, at the worst, carcinogenic (cancer-causing) or at best are unsafe or poorly tested. (This information is from the book “Food Additives”.) Those ingredients are found in colorful little packets of sweeteners (Nutrasweet and Equal – aspartame; Splenda – sucralose; Sweet n Low – saccharin).
But one idea is to use stevia. It is a natural, safe, and powerful sweetener. Stevia comes from the leaves of a plant found in Paraguay and Brazil and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Wow! It is essentially calorie free and non-toxic and may be the best choice if you want a sugar substitute. It has been used for centuries in South America and Asia and in some studies has shown anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic properties. That’s really interesting; this stuff sounds like a great choice.
There is no sense in fighting this… we need the carbs so if we eat potatoes or rice or corn or beans (starches) we will be full, satisfied and in control when they bring out the cakes, pies and ice cream. If you don’t get enough satisfaction from your oatmeal, beans, or potatoes then use a little “sugar” on the surface of your food so you REALLY taste it. Put a little honey on your oatmeal, a little molasses in your beans or a little BBQ sauce or ketchup on your oven “fried” potatoes. That will help your meals taste great, your body become healthier, your disposition peaceful and steady and allow you to continue to make great choices. So…