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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Sugar" does a body good!

If you follow my blog, you know we mix "sugar" into what seems like everything! If there is a way to make a product into a dessert I tend to figure it out. In our family we found a couple generations ago, sugar just seems to help us feel better. Despite a few generations of dosing with sugar when ill, no diabetes in women and the few men that developed it were over 60 and had other health issues and very western diets. Again and again when Abby is crashing or flaring adding sugar seems to help her body "wake up" and get busy working again. If you have ever had an IV you know how wonderful you feel once you are "hydrated"- not just water in that IV!- Sugar,salt...

Now, we don't eat sugar 24/7 but we do eat more then traditionally recommended. With good reason.

Believe it or not, not all sugar is equal. Breast milk, baby formula, IV's, supplemental formulas- LOADED with sugar- Why? Because our bodies need sugar- ideally natural and raw and fructose is ideal- but in a pinch..of course there are exceptions and I don't recommend you start dosing with sugar against your Drs. recommendation- but for those who aren't sugar phobic- try a few new sugars for max benefit.

We are picky about which sugars though. Natural fructose, clean sucrose,pure coconut sugar, pure palm sugar, pure raw honey, and clean maple syrup(caution- just because maple is 100 percent it still can be "corned" from the de foaming agents used during processing.) We avoid date sugar because Abby reacts to dates and we avoid beet sugar because not only does she react to beets the vast majority of beet sugar is GMO.

Right now our latest favorite in sugar is Coconut Sugar-pure, clean and sweet. A very concentrated sweet if you buy it in a block. Surprise surprise, it isn't an empty sugar! With the baking I have done with it, it substitutes for granulated pretty well too!

A little information about why coconut sugar might just be a good thing to add to your diet:

LiveStrong What are the BENEFITS of Coconut Sugar?

Low Glycemic Index
The glycemic index is a numeric value given to a food to represent how fast it turns to sugar. Coconut sugar's glycemic index is approximately 35, which is considered very low. Low glycemic index foods can help balance and control health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Eating low glycemic may also protect your body against cardiovascular disease and hypoglycemia, which is a condition that causes the body to overproduce insulin and take too much sugar away from you, leaving you feeling weak, tired, irritable and always hungry. In fact, in a study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia showed that eating a low glycemic index diet reduced the risk of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, coronary heart disease and breast cancer.
High in Vitamins and Minerals
Coconut sugar contains the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus and boron. Minerals are necessary for many body functions, such as muscle and bone growth, cell production, mental development and immune system and enzyme regulation. Because the body cannot produce minerals, it is imperative that you find them through food sources. Minerals are also necessary for vitamins to work efficiently in the body. Coconut sugar also contains 12 of the B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, nicotinic acid, biotin, pyridoxal and inositol. It is especially high in the vitamin inositol, which is necessary for nerve transmission, metabolism of cholesterol and the redistribution of fat within the body. In addition, inositol has been used to treat diabetes, depression and panic attacks.
Rich in Amino Acids
Coconut sugar contains 16 out of the 20 amino acids. This sugar is especially high in the amino acids glutamic acid, which makes glutamine, threonine, aspartic acid and serine. Glutamine is very important for metabolic function. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, glutamine can also be effective for healing of wounds and injuries, building up the immune system, treating inflammatory bowel syndrome, helping with HIV/AIDS patients and possibly aid in the treatment of cancer.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/367337-what-are-the-benefits-of-coconut-sugar/#ixzz2Ol6Eeg8t

Clearly far from Empty! Vitamin B, 16 of 20 Amino Acids, magnesium, calcium, potassium .. and so much more! Did you catch that it is high in Glutamic Acid?

So throw out the corn crap but please add some pure coconut sugar.

Here is a quick link that I found interesting about lactic acid, Co2 and SUGAR! :-) if you want to read a little deeper into the BENEFITS of sugar-

Ray Peat Lactate vs Co2 in wounds, sickness and aging


Anonymous said...

Fully agree that is aids recovery. We use acacia honey and when we have been lucky enough to have been given some tupelo honey from Florida. From my understanding they too are low GI index. Maple syrup as well.
Honey mixed into pureed fruit plus regular gatorade(UK one)got us through a nast virus this lastweekend.

Laura said...

Where do you buy coconut sugar in blocks?? Interesting article!

Diane said...

Most of the asian markets in Houston have a good selection of pure blocks of coconut sugar. We have found the solid blocks are "sweeter" then the coconut sugar already in granulated form. Just have to be careful to make sure it is "pure and clean". So far a great selection at the 3-4 different markets we have explored. Apparently the coconut sugar has a better profile then the palm sugars.. partially because "palm" sugar can be from a variety of types of palm varieties with a variety of values. So, block or ready to eat crystals you are looking for, 100 percent coconut sugar(not coconut/palm)organic, raw..

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