Food Babe’s Tips for Cutting Out Processed Sugar


May 1, 2014
In Nutrition

SUJA_ProcessedSugarsIt is no secret that I am a fan of sweets.  When asked what my favorite food is I answer kale ….or cake.  :)

One thing you will never catch in my sweets though is refined sugar.  That stuff is toxic!  Eating refined sugar is addictive, makes you fat, tired, depressed, age faster, makes your skin dull, weakens immunity and, when consumed in excess, causes all sorts of diseases…uh no thanks! 

Instead, here as some of my favorite alternatives to processed sugar.  Not only do these taste better than refined sugar but they also have valuable vitamins and nutrients that your body will love you for eating! 

Organic coconut palm sugar – This sweetener is derived from fresh coconut tree sap.  Once the sap  from the flower buds is heated and the moisture is evaporated, you are left with a crystal form of palm sugar.  Palm sugar is so great because it can be used at a one to one ratio for regular sugar.  Organic palm sugar is also full of nutrients that we need to look and feel our best.  It is naturally high in amino acids, has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Converting to this type of sugar could also lower your risk of developing diabetes because it’s glycemic index is half of that compared to sugar.  This type of sugar has a deeper taste than traditional bleached sugar, think more like brown sugar.  Adding this to your recipes will add a richness that refined sugar never could.

Date Sugar – So good!  Date sugar is dehydrated dates which are ground into a powder.  I love this option because it is raw and completely unprocessed and, as you may know, foods in their natural state have more vitamins and nutrients than in their cooked counterparts.  This sugar is great as a toping on cakes and cookies.  However it does not dissolve so it is best suited for a sweet garnish.

Food Babe’s Sweet Blend – This is my secret weapon to avoid unnecessary sugars and it’s great because it uses 100% whole organic ingredients.  It’s simple and is as follows… Organic raw pitted dates, prunes, bananas, apple sauce or maple syrup blended together with either organic coconut oil or melted organic butter.  After you have blended all the ingredients together all you have to do is add vanilla (or other flavorings) and your dry ingredients to make the most delicious sweet cookies or cakes. 

Now, these options above are great, but it is important to remember that refined processed sugar can be a nasty addiction to kick.  If you have been consuming large amounts of this stuff it is important to be mentally ready for what happens when you drop processed sugar from your life.   A Suja Juice Fresh Start Program is a great way to help you eliminate your sugar addiction and kick the cravings.  

Stay Sweet,

Food Babe & Suja Juice

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Vani Hari

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Vani Hari started FoodBabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. Impassioned by knowing how food affects health, Vani loves sharing her message on the blogosphere to 4 million unique readers across the globe. Vani’s activism brought national attention at the Democratic National Convention when she used her status as an elected delegate to protest in front of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Doctors Show, NBC News, Fox News and is a regular cooking contributor on NBC’s Charlotte Today and food expert on CNN.