Sugar and oily foods are often the 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 doesn’t come without a lot of risks and health issues.
We are asking you to consider one healthy alternative each for sugar and refined oils, without compromising with your love for eating sweeter things. They are maple syrup and coconut oil respectively, and you can find our discussion on them below:
When compared to highly processed refined sugar, then yes, 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.
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 on a daily basis.
Maple syrup also contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals in fairly good levels. It has zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, and iron that are all great for boosting the immune function. It also has manganese that helps in making skin healthy and bones stronger.
Besides, 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.
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. And the good news is that 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.
You can also find the same antioxidants in berries, fruits, and nuts, and these foods may be more satisfying and nutritious overall than only gorging on maple syrup for your antioxidant intake.
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 you are consuming the real deal!
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 means that it 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, this high sugar content means that the negative effects of consuming sugar are still present.
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.
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. Maple syrup tastes good and contains valuable nutrients and antioxidants. However, it should not be considered a health 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 to stay away from nastier 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coconut oil is ideal as a substitute for butter, margarine, or sunflower oil in baking. As coconut oil doesn’t convert to fat in the same way as other oils and fats, it is 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.
Because of the way fatty acids are metabolized, coconut oil can reduce your hunger and can significantly affect body weight over a certain duration.
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.
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. We hope you choose these healthier alternatives over less desirable ones like sugar and refined oils soon enough.
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