Enjoy The Sugar Rush Naturally!
With World Diabetes Day just round the corner, we at PP decided to take a look at some of the natural ways you can enjoy sugar in your diet, without raising your sugar levels. Each one of us craves for sugar at times, but reaching out for any form of refined sugar or the ‘artificial sweeteners’ out there is the worst service you can do to yourself. Opt for natural sugars which do not harm your health and satiate your taste buds with TLC.
Raw honey: Raw honey is one of nature’s best ways to sweeten your food without sabotaging your health. Unprocessed honey contains a higher level of antioxidants and nutrients derived from the pollen collected by bees, which boost your immunity and digestion and ensure sweetness in your diet, naturally.
Berries: The berry family is a diabetic’s best friend, since its high fibre ensures that blood sugar is kept stable. Anthocyanins, a key ingredient in berries, lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes greatly. In fact, two servings of berries such as raspberries, blueberries and cranberries a week cuts the risk of diabetes by 23 per cent. Add them to your cakes, smoothies, cocktails and other preparations for a burst of fruity freshness.
Apples: Apples are a healthy route to sweetness, without the extra calories and evils lurking in sugar. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reported that those consuming five or more apples a week had a 23 per cent lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t. Also, its high fibre content contributes further to its ability to prevent diabetes, so add it to your diet and stay diabetes-free.
Dates: Dates are a nutritious way to get your sweetness quotient and still go scot-free from the health police! It contains high levels of antioxidants and potassium, which are beneficial for your health and gives you your required dose of sugar without additives. Date sugar can be a great substitute for sugar while baking, but it can’t be used in tea, coffee and other daily purposes since it is clumpy and does not melt so easily.
Melons: The melon family, including musk melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, casaba and its other varieties are also friendly to diabetics. It makes you feel full without the unwanted calories and sugar. So whenever you wish to indulge your sweet tooth, grab a melon, cut it open and consume it just like that for wholesome goodness and sweetness.
Yoghurt: A highly respected probiotic, yoghurt has multiple benefits, including increasing immunity, providing essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and preventing diabetes. According to a 2012 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who had a daily intake of at least 55 grams of the sweet probiotic cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 12 per cent, owing to the ‘good bacteria’, vitamins and minerals present in it. When buying yoghurt, opt for the Greek version with low or no fat and no sugar to enjoy its benefits to the fullest.