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Detox 2019 - Week3 Post 1

Breakup with sugar

Before we move to the topic of vegetables a brief note about sugar. I think most of you are familiar with the ill effects of sugar.But still a few words about it:

  • Sugar is extremely addictive and causes one to overeat
  • Sugar is acidic and makes the PH of blood acidic.
  • Sugar is a super refined product devoid of any kind of nutrition.
  • Sugar is a super concentrated product – It is reported that one stick of sugar cane yields only 10 grams of sugar.
  • Let not the innocent white colour fool you. It is not pure, lot of chemicals are added during the refining process
  • Sugar seems to give you a zing but soon after you experience a sugar crash making you lethargic and depressed.
  • Have you observed how long a bottle of sugar stays on your kitchen shelf without getting spoilt? Not even insects want to eat it. It is also used as a preservative. Now you know why.
  • Sugar hides behind many names. Most packaged products contain sugar in some form to enhance taste and make it addictive Ex: – Dextrose, sucrose, fruit syrup, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), malt sugar, dextrin etc

Check out these articles to know more:

Do You Know White Sugar Is Not A Natural Food Item?

White sugar – A quick roundup through FAQs

Some trivia about sugar

  • Sugarcane was first discovered in India between the 6th and 4th centuries BC by the Persians and then by the Greeks.
  • The largest producers of cane sugar are Brazil and India who together account for 40% of the world's sugar supply.
  • Sugarcane crop takes a lot of water to grow
  • Sugarcane crops are highly sprayed with pesticides
  • Sugarcane effluents highly pollute the soils and rivers nearby. The effluents have a highly obnoxious odour.

An activity:

1) Check your kitchen cupboards and see how many products you have which contain sugar. What do you plan to do with them?

2) During your shopping spree, check the labels of packaged products and see how much sugar is there.

Did you notice sugar in sauces, jams, salad dressings, health bars, yogurt , breakfast cereals etc?

What substitues can you use?

Jaggery (make sure to buy organic dark jaggery), agave syrup, maple syrup, dates, raisins, sweet fruit purees. The last 3 are better than the first three. You can make these syrups or purees in advance and store them in your fridge.

Don’t fall into the trap of commercial ‘sugar free’ products or ‘sugar free’ substitutes. They are more if not equally harmful as sugar.

Do not get overwhelmed with this change. It is possible if you make up your mind. It has been almost 2 years since I bought sugar into my house. You have already taken the first step of adding more fruits into your diet, As you increase fruit intake you will notice that craving for sugar decreases.

Here you can find an entire section of desserts made sugar free recipes - laddoos, kheer, halwas etc here

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