First of all, I shall tell you why I took this decision of opting for white sugar alternatives.
As there are many diabetic persons in my family, including my mother, who I see taking many pills everyday even if she’s the most active person in the house, I understood that simply exercising wouldn’t keep diabetes away.
Then there was that blood sugar test which showed I’m some little above the average of 1,10mg/l. So I started to seriously consider finding a way to prevent the disease before it starts. I searched about sugar, and I found that it’s considered as an addictive substance as we see people consuming more and more of it, in many ways.
Soda, candy, cakes, tea or coffee,..can’t be imagined nowadays without sugar. Does that mean we can’t enjoy our sweet food without sugar? You can answer in my place.
By the way, it’s said that increase in the white sugar intake may have led to the health decline in Greenland Eskimos
Somehow, I agree with the perspective given in this Ted Talk.
I can relate to the speaker too as my grandmother was also diabetic and I can’ forget her little finger which got bigger and bigger with more and more pain. It’s not easy to see someone in near family suffering from a chronic disease that starts and seems unending..the symptoms get heavier and more hurting for the diabetic and all his family.
That’s why I started to wonder, as said in the Ted Talk before-mentioned, that if we have to avoid smoking to prevent cancer, don’t we have to avoid sugar to prevent diabetes?
As a synchronicity maybe, a friend of mine on facebook launched her new commercial project, selling Stevia. I asked her, she gave me all information she had about this sweet plant, and I decided to give it a try.
It wasn’t a great success with my little family as the taste of Stevia is different. It’s sweet but it’s not taste bud’s friendly in the beginning, so when you add it to tea for example you feel it tastes different than the tea you used to drink. It takes some time to get used to the new taste.
If you don’t like it, you have other alternatives.
I use it each time I want to add more healthy nutriments while sweetening my tea, cake,…
That one may look strange for some of you who don’t consume dates a lot. Here in Morocco, we consider dates as great source of nutriments and we sometimes sweeten our cookies with it, and make its juice to add it as liquid sweetener also. To make it you’ll have to
boil a quantity of clean boneless dates with one and half the same quantity of water. Let it cook till it becomes of thick texture. Strain it, and let it cool. Put it in glass jar. You can leave it outside the fridge.
In many Moroccan dishes, we use raisin as natural sweetener, to name few, we use it on top of Couscous, Mrozia(Tajine of meat),..also in some cookies.
I tried organic whole sugar to make it more enjoyable with my family. We use it to sweeten tea and coffee, although they feel it’s not really sweet! You”l have to add much more quantity to have the sweet taste. I tried Azucar de Cana of Ecologica bio as they state their products to be eco-friendly and farmer-respecting.
What about you? Did you try to avoid sugar and use more healthy sweeteners?
Tell us about your experience, and add your alternatives here in a comment.
Have a Sweet day!