Blackstrap molasses, a thick, dark syrup produced when sugarcane is processed to make sugar, is a nutrient-dense sweetener with a lower glycemic index than refined sugar. It’s good for your bones and teeth, helps with constipation, prevents iron deficiency, and may boost your testosterone levels. Add a little blackstrap molasses to your pancake or waffle batter, baked goods, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades or mix 1 tbsp in a glass of warm water and drink.
Sugar intake causes dopamine and opioids to be released, in much the way addictive drugs do. Beating the addiction will take some reorganizing of your grocery list to exclude sugary sodas and processed foods, and to include more protein, high-fiber, and low glycemic load foods. Exercise, mindfulness training, chewing gum can help kick the sugar habit.
With anywhere from 20 g or more of natural sugars in a 248 g serving of orange juice, and about 25 g or over of carbs (that turns into sugars too on digestion!), orange juice may be giving you more sugar than you realize. Your best bet is to stick to freshly squeezed juice or to try and opt for a brand that says 100% pure orange juice with no added sugars.
For a quick fix, try sucking on an ice cube or licking a popsicle. A mouth rinse with ice cold water or simply eating a spoonful of yogurt or honey may help too. To help the pain subside, sprinkle a pinch of sugar onto the burnt area and let it dissolve or apply a little aloe vera gel straight from the plant. Be sure to avoid any acidic or salty foods that can irritate a burn further.
Sugar has no nutritional value other than adding calories to your diet. But, surprisingly obesity is not the 'only' reason why you need to eliminate sugar from your diet. Empty sugar calories can also increase your risk of having renal disease, diabetes, and even colon cancer. To top it off, opting for a sugar detox may help you live a much healthier, disease-free life!
Despite approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the scientific community is divided on aspartame poisoning mainly due to the association of its ingredient 'phenylalanine' with neurological disorders. While no valid results have come out of the studies on cancer risks of aspartame, the sweetener is for sure a potent threat for those with phenylketonuria.
Not only do soft drinks offer no nutrition, they also contain harmful chemicals. Their high sugar content, often high-fructose corn syrup, can cause diabetes and affect the heart and liver. Preservatives like phosphoric acid can cause bone loss and kidney disease and citric acid can cause severe dental erosion. The caramel color in cola and the chemicals in the containers are also linked to cancer. Drink infused water or kombucha instead.
Frozen foods are processed foods stored at low temperatures to suppress spoilage, and increase shelf life. But food processing introduces fat, sugar, and sodium into natural produce, decreasing its nutritional value. Further nutritional loss happens when we reheat or cook such produce. So even though these foods are easily accessible and quick to cook, they might not provide the intended health benefits.
Maple sap contains 95% to 97.5% water, sucrose, minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium and manganese, amino acids, oligosaccharides, organic acids, phenolic and bio-active compounds. It is good for digestion, stabilizes blood sugar, fights inflammation and has cancer chemo-preventive effects. Low in calories and full of electrolytes, it is a healthy alternative to sugary beverages.
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