These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.
From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell.
This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!
Inflammation is one of those words that automatically sounds bad for us, but what does it really mean? Most of us associate inflammation with an injury or irritation that usually heals after a period of time. But there is another kind of inflammation – chronic inflammation – that can cause long-term disease and damage to your internal systems. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression are just a few conditions that chronic inflammation plays a role in.
Following the breaking scientific research published on September 17th* that showed that consuming the artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet’n Low), sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal) may actually lead to diabetes and obesity due to their impact on gut bacteria, we at The Tasteful Pantry have received questions from readers asking what is ok to eat if now artificial sweeteners are bad for us and sugar is bad for us? It’s a completely natural question to ask, especially if you know you have a sweet tooth. The short answer is, there is no one right answer for everyone, and as with many things, moderation is the key. However read on for more information to help you weigh your choices.
Dear Lea: I am reasonably health conscious but when I get hungry, I crave sugary snacks that leave me dissatisfied about half an hour after consumption (low energy, tired, irritable). What types of snacks should I be looking to consume between meals so I don’t have this craving? Also, do you have an opinion on which sweeteners are better than others (e.g., Spelnda vs. Stevia, etc.)? –JH.