The Sugar Trip

As a kid my fascination was on sweets. My mother nicknamed me Squirrel, because she often found candy bars or their wrappers stashed away in my bedroom. As a young adult, my purse became my candy storage bin. No one ventured in there, keeping my love of sweets a secret.

Thankfully, I was an active kid and young adult, which enabled me to burn off the calories I was steadily consuming in the form of sugar.

As I grew older, my tastebuds changed, my activity levels plateaued and “real” adulthood setin. Thankfully the two coincided, as I know my weight would have begun climbing.

Sugar. Oh man! It’s the best, isn’t it? Yea, I know, probably not.
However, I must admit I feel a certain affinity for the scene in MICHAEL when John Travolta, as the arch-angel Michael, can’t get enough sugar on his cereal, pouring nearly a pound into the bowl.

But, let’s be real, sugar is a culprit that leads to weight gain, unbalanced blood sugar levels and cavities. DARN!

So, what’s a person to do? Eat better. Make wiser decisions. Take care of the vessel we live in. Sounds like adulting…

Although I have become a full-fledged adult, I am still drawn to sweets and will chose them over savoury every time. Choosing to eat certain sweets over others is what I now take into consideration when reaching for a treat. But, that took time to educate myself on the various attributes of the sweetening options out there. So, here’s what I’ve learned:

COMMERCIAL SWEETENERS

Processed Sugar from Sugar Cane

We all know that sugar can lead to a variety of health issues, but we eat it anyway. With a plethora of commercial sweeteners on the market Processed Sugar has been the most targeted. In fact, many nutritionist refer to it as toxic and poisonous because it leaches calcium out of the bones and makes them brittle, contributing to osteoporosis. Per tablespoon, its calorie count is 49.

Treats like candies and sugar-sweetened beverages should be limited because they are sources of empty calories, providing a lot of calories without any real nutritional benefit. Over consumption has been linked to low energy, mood swings, hot flashes, restless sleep, migraines, anxiety, depression, mental fogginess, feeling out of control, inflamed gum disease, cavities in the teeth, aches and pains in the joints….just to name a few.
Gee, it sounds so appealing….and yet, we crave sweets.

In an attempt to avoid Processed Sugar, other options are more readily available – such as:
Brown Rice Syrup, Tapioca Syrup and Inulin – all of which are in KARMA CLUSTERS.

Brown Rice Syrup

Brown rice syrup is widely considered a healthy alternative to white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. It is a common ingredient in gluten free and organic foods.

The starch in rice is exposed to particular enzymes, which break it down into various sugars. Generally, the resulting process creates maltotriose (52%), maltose (45%), and glucose (3%). Which allows the first two to join up with glucose molecules (three for maltotriose and two for maltose), and so, chemically speaking, brown rice syrup is basically pure glucose which is turned into pure energy in the body. This is GREAT news because it means that the body doesn’t store this sugar as FAT.

Tapioca Syrup

Is used because while slightly sweet, it contains 15% less carbohydrates than processed sugar, but mainly it’s a binder that holds all the other ingredients together.

Inulin

Found in such sugars as Maple Syrup, Inulin is a pre-biotic that actually promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, while also assisting in the absorption of minerals. So, while Sugar is listed as the first ingredient in KARMA CLUSTERS, these sugars were chosen because they fuel ENERGY without being stored in the body as FAT.

Woo Hoo! That should give you reason to celebrate !!

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