You've heard it time and time again. If you want to improve the nutrition of your eating plan, you must be cutting sugar out. As someone with Type 2 diabetes, this is going to be even more critical to your success as it will ensure that you maintain stabilized and balanced blood sugar levels all throughout the day.
But, you may be wondering about natural sugars. Sure, table sugar has to go. But what about other sweeteners such as honey, molasses, or agave?
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You constantly hear people talking about these natural ways to sweeten your food and wonder if they are going to be okay to eat - even in moderation.
Here's what you should know...
1. Sugar Is Still Sugar. First and foremost, you need to realize sugar is still sugar no matter what it's called. While honey is naturally occurring, it is still a form of sugar, so don't let that fool you.
As such, it's still going to...
- provide a hit of calories,
- it's still going to spike your blood sugar levels, and
- it's still going to mean you could experience fat gain quickly if you eat too much of it.
Don't let the 'natural' word cause you to think differently.
2. They Do Provide Added Nutrients. This said, these natural forms of sweetener do contain nutrients. From iron to calcium, there is a very small mineral and vitamin content in most of the natural forms of sugar, so from a purely health perspective, they may be slightly better than regular table sugar.
But realize their quantities of minerals are so incredibly low with the serving size you should be eating, that it's really not worthwhile to eat them in order to try to take in the nutrient in question.
You'd be better served taking the particular nutrient in through food that has a higher concentration of it and is lower in calories.
3. Look Up The GI Values. Finally, be sure you do look up the GI values as well. Different sweeteners will rank slightly differently, so this may be something to take into account as you aim to manage your blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes.
For instance, honey has a GI value of about 30 - although this can vary depending on the brand, while molasses has a GI value of 55 and agave 15.
Agave is one that does tend to have a much lower GI value as noted, so it's one for someone with Type 2 diabetes to consider.
So there you have the key points to know about these natural sweeteners. While they may be slightly better, they are still not 'good' choices for your healthy eating plan.
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