The Bitter Side of Sugar

Ayurvedic alternatives to sugar

Sugar is sweet but there’s a bitter side to it as well. A prolonged use of processed sugar which is also known as table sugar can have serious repercussions on our body. It is the gateway to serious conditions of the heart and blood. Sugar is also associated with the release of ‘dopamine’ a feel-good hormone in the brain. It is very natural to have sugar cravings which need immediate gratification. This makes us an easy target for obesity, bad cholesterol and tooth decay.

Sugar consumption has adverse effects on the body when consumed over a long period of time. Our liver digests sugar the same way it digests alcohol and reduces it to fat, exposing us to fatty liver syndrome and diabetes. Excessive consumption interferes with our appetite receptors. As a result of which we are at greater risk of obesity and heart diseases. Another harmful processed effect of sugar is that it accelerates ageing and increases inflammation.

Various plant foods have high amounts of fiber, essential minerals, antioxidants, and dairy foods contain protein and calcium along with being a rich source of carbohydrates. We should cut down on our intake of processed sugar and increase the of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as they are backed by studies which have demonstrated that they reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart diseases, diabetes, and some cancers.

We should refrain from using processed sugar and consume food rich in natural sugar. Below are a few tried and tested substitutes you can use instead of the sweet poison.

Honey

Apart from being a better source of carbohydrate it is rich in antioxidants which helps in regulating blood pressure. It also boosts immunity and helps to reduce weight. Sugar as we know is highly addictive and can lead to cravings. Thus, cutting down on sugar will naturally cut the risk of obesity.

Jaggery

Unlike sugar jaggery does not go through any industrial processing, thus its molasses content remains intact preserving its nutritious value. Molasses is rich in Vitamin B, C, and minerals like potassium, copper, iron, and magnesium. It is a great purifier of blood, it can help in regulating the blood pressure and boosts immunity. Consuming jaggery during menstruation reduces period pain, it reduces inflammation and joint pain.

Rock sugar (Mishri or Khadi Sakar)

Another brilliant alternative to processed sugar is rock sugar which is a common culinary ingredient in Indian kitchens. It is less sweet as compared to sugar. Apart from being rich in multiple macro and micro nutrients, it is of rare vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12. Rock sugar helps in cold and cough, it helps fight bad breath and digestive problems. It boosts the haemoglobin level of the blood and boosts the energy rapidly.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is rich in iron, zinc, calcium, potassium. It contains another miraculous compound ‘inulin’ which is linked to a lower risk of blood sugar spikes. Inulin also promotes the growth of good intestinal bacteria and thus is also good for the gut. It can prevent hypoglycemia i.e, low blood sugar level. It has less sugar content than normal table sugar and thus is a boon for diabetic patients.

Date Sugar

It is derived from the fruit of the date tree and it shines brighter than table sugar on all counts. It is a nutri-rich source of sugar, it pumps important minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron in our body. It is rich in antioxidants and can prevent us from getting colon cancer. It scores an extra point against honey as it has a higher quantity of fructose, which is comparatively a better source of natural sugar.

The refined white sugar we consume on a daily basis is nothing but empty calories. It provides us with no other benefits and thus it is advised to replace it with other foods which are rich in other nutrients. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of common illnesses, which further reduces the chances of being infested by common illnesses.

We at Shree Varma are committed towards healthy living. We have schooled ourselves in Vedic sciences and firmly adhere to Ayurvedic principles of healing. With the right guidance and support from us you too can unleash the power of wellness like countless others.