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Choose maple syrup and coconut oil
to beat diabetes

Choose maple syrup and coconut oil to beat diabetes

Sugar and oily foods are often indulgent cause for several thousand people across the world. They would always have time to eat sweet waffles and pancakes and pastries and to enjoy their sunny day. It all seems very tasty and delightful until you realize that it all comes with a lot of risks and health issues.

We are asking you to consider one healthy alternative each for sugar and refined oils, without compromising your love for eating sweeter things. They are maple syrup and coconut oil respectively, and you can find our discussion on them below:

1. Maple syrup benefits

Maple Syrup is natural and unprocessed

When compared to highly-processed refined sugar, maple syrup is certainly a healthier alternative. It is 100% natural, pure, and free of any coloring or additives. It is obtained by tapping the sap of the maple tree in a simple two-step process.

Consuming naturally prepared maple syrup has the following benefits:

1. Rich in antioxidants

2. Rich in nutrients

3. A powerhouse of zinc and calcium and potassium

4. Has more minerals than honey

5. It is considered a healthy and natural substitutes for sugar

6. It helps in boosting energy levels instantly

7. Good for physical strength

8. Helps in digestion

9. Fights inflammation

10. Makes skin softer and brighter

11. Has lower Glycemic Index (helps in weight loss)

These are just some of the benefits of pure maple syrup- consuming it every day in moderate amounts can help you live a healthier life. The less processed and more natural a product is, the healthier it is, so the simplicity of obtaining maple syrup is a plus. You can bring all this goodness to work if you could use it sensibly in your food daily.

What vitamins and minerals are in real maple syrup?

Real maple syrup contains several essential vitamins and minerals in fairly good quantities. It has zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, and iron that are all great for boosting immune function. It also has manganese that helps in making skin healthy and bones stronger.

Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup. It is also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and this makes the syrup more nutritious than refined sugar. Since it has a lower glycemic index, it helps in weight management and is less harmful to diabetics.

It contains antioxidants too

Antioxidants are vitamins and nutrients that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Common health conditions related to free radicals include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and degenerative disorders. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants may help in delaying or preventing such free radical-induced illnesses.

Pure maple syrup contains many active antioxidant elements. Studies have found that maple syrup contains up to 54 different antioxidant substances, especially in the darker B-Grade varieties. Several of these antioxidants are known to have anti-cancer and anti-bacterial properties, another plus for maple syrup lovers.

Tip: You can also find the same antioxidants in berries, fruits, and nuts. These foods may be more satisfying and nutritious overall than maple syrup. We recommend going ahead with these tasty berry recipes for weight loss.

Tip: Choose your maple syrup wisely

Not all maple syrups are the same. Food manufacturers may try and sell syrup that is not pure, or natural. You want to make sure the maple syrup you are consuming is not maple-flavored syrup which is just flavored to taste like the real maple syrup.

Be sure to read your labels carefully to make sure that you are consuming the real deal.

Nutrition value of maple syrup:

Nutrition Facts

  • Syrup, maple

  • Sources include: USDA

  • Amount Per

  • 100 grams

  • Calories 260

  • % Daily Value*

  • Total Fat 0.1 g -- 0%

  • Saturated fat 0 -- 0%

  • Polyunsaturated fat 0 g

  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g

  • Cholesterol 0 mg -- 0%

  • Sodium 12 mg -- 0%

  • Potassium 212 mg -- 6%

  • Total Carbohydrate 67 g -- 22%

  • Dietary fiber 0 g -- 0%

  • Sugar 68 g

  • Protein 0 g -- 0%

  • Vitamin A -- 0%

  • Calcium -- 10%

  • Vitamin D -- 0%

  • Cobalamin -- 0%

  • Vitamin C -- 0%

  • Iron -- 0%

  • Vitamin B-6 -- 0%

  • Magnesium -- 5%

* Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The above values are taken from Wikipedia and are verified by USDA.

Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar

Despite many of the positive elements, a large portion of the calories from maple syrup comes from sugar in the form of sucrose. Every 100 grams of maple syrup contains 67 grams of sugar. This can cause spikes in blood sugar levels that can affect the way your body metabolizes insulin, which can then lead to other serious health problems such as diabetes.

So, even though maple syrup is natural, its high sugar content can still cause your blood sugar and blood pressure levels to spike off.

If you do want to sweeten your food with a refined sugar alternative, choosing to do so using maple syrup will mean that you are still using about 30% less sugar. Maple syrup also has a lower glycemic load than refined sugar, so the spikes in blood sugar levels will not be as bad as if you are consuming refined sugar.

A better way to sweeten your food than refined sugar

When it comes to sweetening foods, choosing a clean option like pure maple syrup is better than choosing refined sugar that contains no nutritional value. The former tastes good and contains valuable nutrients and antioxidants. However, it should not be considered a healthy food due to its high sugar content and it should be consumed in moderate amounts, especially if you are concerned about your overall health.

Next up, we are discussing just how you can deep fry your sugary delights (if applicable) in coconut oil. This simple change can help you stay away from health issues like liver malfunctioning, diabetes, and unwanted weight gain. We are not exactly asking you to cut down on your delights, but we are only asking you to be more careful about the way you are preparing them.

2. Coconut oil

The benefits of coconut oil on the skin

Not too long ago, people didn’t understand the true health benefits of coconut oil and even believed it to be an unhealthy alternative to other oils. Many health professionals now claim that coconut oil is unlike most other oils because it contributes to keeping our bodies healthy, and can also stimulate weight loss. Its hair-related benefits are just as remarkable.

It contains a high proportion of medium-chain fatty acids and when we consume coconut oil, our bodies find it difficult to convert it to stored fat, thus making it easier to burn off some flab. Coconut oil also contains potent antioxidant properties due to plant nutrients called phenolic compounds, meaning that including coconut oil in your everyday diet, could potentially prevent cancerous cells from forming.

Nutrition value of coconut oil

Nutrition Facts

  • Oil, coconut

  • Sources include: USDA

  • Amount Per

  • 100 grams

  • Calories 862

  • % Daily Value*

  • Total Fat 100 g -- 153%

  • Saturated fat 87 g -- 435%

  • Polyunsaturated fat 1.8 g

  • Monounsaturated fat 6 g

  • Cholesterol 0 mg -- 0%

  • Sodium 0 mg -- 0%

  • Total Carbohydrate 0 g -- 0%

  • Dietary fiber 0 g -- 0%

  • Sugar 0 g

  • Protein 0 g

  • Vitamin A

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin D

  • Cobalamin

  • Vitamin C

  • Iron

  • Vitamin B-6

  • Magnesium

* Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The above data are taken from Wikipedia and are verified by USDA.

How do you use coconut oil for weight loss?

Coconut is widely available across supermarkets and health food stores. Half a kg of this oil costs around £5 and usually lasts for several weeks, depending on the use. It keeps well at room temperature and despite its lard-like appearance, it quickly turns to liquid when heated and solidifies again when cooled.

Alternatively, you can also go with coconut milk as your go-to health drink. It packs a complete punch with its top of the line health benefits, thanks to its nutrients and minerals. Foods cooked in it get direct assimilation of all the goodness of this oil.

Tip: Here is a free resource explaining why you should start your day with coconut milk to lose weight.

What can you use coconut oil for?

1. Cooking

You can use coconut oil for cooking instead of using other oils such as olive or sunflower oil. Coconut oil gives cooked food a light coconut flavor which is very pleasant and if you don’t appreciate it initially, it doesn’t take long until you barely notice the flavor.

2. Baking

Coconut oil is ideal as a substitute for butter, margarine, or sunflower oil in baking. It doesn’t convert to fat in the same way as other oils and fats, and can be considered to be a much healthier alternative in baking. If you use it with honey, stevia, or dried fruit to sweeten baking, it is possible to enjoy baked goods as part of a low-calorie diet.

2. Hunger

Because of the way fatty acids are metabolized, coconut oil can reduce your hunger and can significantly affect body weight over a certain duration. This can directly affect your weight loss plans and can also make your skin shinier.

Coconut oil is quickly becoming a staple ingredient in many kitchens across the country and around the world and when taken regularly and used within a low-calorie diet, it is now believed that coconut will bring significant health benefits as well as aid weight loss.

Choose Mother Nature

We thus recommend that you switch to an alternative lifestyle compromising healthier more natural products like honey and maple syrup and coconut oil etc. Not only do they have healthier benefits, but they also serve you with a better understanding of Mother Nature and Her gifts. They are a healthier alternative to scores of their less desirable counterparts like sugar and refined oils, and also have a lot of positives for your lifestyle.