Fructose is the worst type of sugar as our bodies can’t metabolise it and for many of us it causes bloating.
Sugar is 50% fructose, Honey is 40% and popular “health food” sweeteners such as Agave Syrup is 70% fructose. Coconut sugar is another popular alternative but it’s 48-50% fructose. Do some research on any type of sweetener before reaching for it.
Fructose is everywhere and it’s used in mass, cheap produced foods. You may have heard of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? HFCS is a cheap sweetener that boosts our fat storing hormones. It is also a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, fatty-liver disease, and more.
HFCS is hidden in lots of mass produced foods such as cookies, frozen desserts, soft drinks, jams, baked goods, yoghurts and more. It’s a cheap alternative for manufacturers and If you have any pre packaged goods in your fridge or cupboard, go and read the ingredients and then chuck these items in the bin.
Unlike sugar, HFCS doesn’t satisfy your hunger, while regular sugar calms your hunger hormones. Now I’m not giving you the green light to consume natural sugar in abundance, you of course need to limit sugar everywhere. But say no to HFCS. This type of sweetener has no benefits to us at all.
To avoid HFCS, look for organic or whole foods or make your own food from scratch including dressings and marinades.
I posted in a recent blog about a natural plant based sweetener I now use which is Raw Earth Sweetener Co. Monk Fruit & Stevia. I love it in coffees, desserts and also add it to some smoothies.
For those who missed that blog post, below is what you should be looking out for at the supermarkets in the sugar section. I love this one because its a blend of Monk Fruit & Stevia. For me, Stevia on its own is too bitter.
This is available across most supermarkets in Australia. For overseas readers, take a look in your local supermarkets or visit a health food store - I'm sure you'll find something similar.
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