Would you believe me if I said this yummy food is made without sugar (except for the hershey's sauce)?
As Corvid persists with a tenacity like a bull with a red flag, some of us are becoming more conscious of our health maintenance. Eating more greens, choosing more organic products, trying to do or continue to exercise indoor, being conscious of what's going into our diet, efforts put in to make sure we stay healthy.
One minor change in our daily diet would in fact, lead to a great improvement in our body system.
According to a publication by Harvard Health Publishing* consuming too much added sugar can raise blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation. Weight gain, diabetes and fatty acids which are also the effects of added sugar, are linked to an increase of heart attack and stroke.
When we talk about added sugars, it is the artificial sugars that could be found in soft drinks, fruit drinks, flavored yogurts, cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and most processed food. Added sugar is also present in items that we did not realised as sweetened, like soups, bread, cured meats, and ketchup, until we look at the ingredients on the packaging.
With that said, one of the tiny change we can make in our diet is reduce the intake of sugar or look for an alternative replacement.
"Stevia is a natural sweetener and sugar substitute derived from the
leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguay. The active compounds are steviol glycosides, which have 30 to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable." - wikipedia
So, if that cup of morning coffee usually comes with 2 teaspoons of sugar, you may want to try taking it down to 1.5 and gradually reduce it to lower amount. But if one really can't live without that same amount of sweetness, other than white sugar, there are other options available:
to name a few.
Years ago when my mom was diagnosed with diabetic, the first thing she put the blame on was lemon tea. Working in a F & B fast food kitchen, she slurped down cups of lemon tea to quench her thirst. Of course, her sweet tooth and diet of high carbo food may also be the cause of diabetic. Getting her to change her diet was a big challenge!
As a sweet coffee lover, persuading her to cut down on sugar would earn looks of daggers. Metaphorically speaking, I must have died a thousand times from those 'daggers'. It must be irritating for her to have someone reminded her not to put so much sugar, do not eat so much kuehs, desserts or any sweet food that would up her blood sugar level. The goal is keeping her away from getting Type 2 diabetes.
The journey to look out for sugar replacement started then.
Initially we started to use artificial sugar but stopped when there were negative reviews on using too much articial sugars. Then, I discovered stevia.
It was at a flea market when I saw a pastry vendor which to my surprise, their main product was not the pastries but natural sweetener made from a stevia plant. The pastries were in fact made from using stevia sweetener. Being a skeptical Singaporean, my eyebrows raised when they said their product is suitable for diabetics even. The price is not cheap either. For a 500g packet, it costs $12.
The sweetness is derived from the leaves. At their stall, there was a pot of stevia. They offered me a bite of the leave. Nope, serious, not joking here. And I ate a small piece of that leave.
Sweet. There was no other word for it.
I bought one small cake on that day as a treat for my mom. She loved it, and at the same time she was curious as I had been stopping her on getting her hands on cakes those days. So, I shared with her about stevia. She was more skeptical than me! Still, we decided to try. As the adage goes, "Never try, never know".
Did her diabetic condition improve? Well, she became more happy as she gets her usual dosage of sweetness. Her blood sugar level became more stabilized. I believe it was the change in her diet that helped to improve her overall condition.
As a regular user of stevia sweetener, we decided to bring Gavia to Soumarket's customers as well! Good products should be shared, wouldn't you agree?
Some eating habits are hard to change, but with the correct incentives and the right replacement, it can be gradually adjusted.
Try Stevia from Gavia!
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*Harvard Health Publishing - https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugarhttps://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar