Barb: I was BETRAYED....
betrayed by my best friend. We used to go everywhere, side by side. She was such a party girl, she invented new names for herself wherever we went. At the movies she called herself Kit. Kit Kat. She showed up at church, mingling during coffee hour and introducing herself as Chocolate Glazed. She’d linger at the check out counter, whispering, “Just call me Snicker.” But each time we got together, I felt empty...unfulfilled. Like any abusive relationship, I finally realized that she didn't care about me. That Sugar! What a mean-hearted woman.
We hear reports nearly every day about the damage that sugar can do to our bodies. Just this month, the University of California, San Francisco Medical School released a report stating that sugar is so toxic, it should be regulated like alcohol. (You can read about the the report here). Their research was based on the United Nations 2010 study, which indicated that people are dying of obesity and preventable "lifestyle diseases" at an alarming rate. While the regulation of sugar might be controversial, the fact that sugar contributes to disease has been around for decades.
After my cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy, Katie and I did lots of research on health and nutrition. The book, "Anti-Cancer" by Dr. Servan -Schreiber became one of our favorite resources. We decided that the risks of sugar far outweigh the momentary high of its consumption. We said good-bye to Cinnabon, Hershey's, and Twinkies...but that doesn't mean that we let go of sweets altogether (that's crazy talk).
We found a way to indulge our sweet tooth without compromising our health...
We found raw honey and coconut palm sugar. These are two excellent sugar alternatives that we've included in many of the desserts on our website. Just as a side note, while we DO like our sweets, we try to limit ourselves to one or two baked goods per month. (For our daily indulgence, we eat one square of 72% Dark Chocolate each day after lunch.) :)
First let's talk honey. Raw honey is the best choice because it has a lower glycemic level than table sugar. That means you won't spike your blood sugar and put yourself on a roller coaster ride, returning to the ticket-taker exhausted but begging for another ride. Use raw honey to sweeten your tea or coffee, or to flavor your yogurt or oatmeal. Because it's sweeter than table sugar, it actually takes less.
Hopefully you know by now we don't like sending people all over the place to buy obscure/expensive products. But this one we can't do without. We always try to find the best deals on these products. For example, you can get Coconut Palm Sugar in bulk on Amazon (with free shipping) for way cheaper than you can get it in health food stores. Check it out here.