At SweetLeaf® we are constantly promoting a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. One way to accomplish that is to replace everyday cane sugar with a healthier alternative. It might seem difficult to identify these hidden sugars in most of your food considering there are over 61 different names for sugar to go by. As they say, what you don’t know won’t kill you, but not in this case. That’s why it is important to be knowledgeable about how sugar is found in your daily diet and the importance of replacing it with healthier alternatives. Here are five reasons to replace regular cane sugar in your daily life.
Excessive sugar intake is the culprit of many serious illnesses.
Having an excess amount of sugar in your daily diet can result in life-threatening health conditions. However, the good news is this can be avoided through altering your sugar intake. The following health issues can be triggered and worsened by sugar:
Coincidentally, there is a similar link that can be drawn between all four of these illnesses.
- Excessive dietary sugars may contribute to obesity which may contribute to diabetes which may contribute to heart disease
- Excessive dietary sugars may contribute to periodontal disease which may contribute to heart disease
Using a natural, plant-based sweetener can help reduce your dependency on sugar.
Having control over your cravings is something that can seem difficult to achieve. However, by paying attention to your sugar intake and making the switch to a plant-based, zero-sugar, zero-calorie sweetener, you can take control of those sugar cravings.
The American Heart Association agrees, suggesting a daily limit of 36 grams, or 9 teaspoons, for men and 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, for women and for children 2-18 years. Children under 2 should have no sugar in their diet. By curbing the sugar intake of children it can help reduce their dependence on it later in life. Adults can also learn to reduce their sugar intake by watching the number of sugary drinks they consume, eating more protein and fats, and reading the nutritional labels for those sneaky sugars.
Your energy and mood can also benefit in positive ways by eliminating processed sugars.
Sugars consumed on a daily basis cause spikes and fast drops in energy and moods throughout the day. Providing your body with energy-sustaining foods will help you maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Healthline gives examples of foods that drain your energy that include foods like:
- White bread, pasta, rice
- Breakfast cereals, yogurt, and foods with other added sugars
- Energy drinks
- Fried and fast foods
- Low-calorie foods
Instead of eating foods that will only sustain your energy for a short period of time, enjoy nutrient-dense foods in the morning. Substitute added sugars in your diet with SweetLeaf® sweeteners for a healthier plant-based option.
Sugar can cause restless sleep – get a better night’s sleep by cutting down on sugar.
Sleep.org reflects on the influence indulgent treats can have on the body before you’re ready to hit the hay. They mention that the more sugar you eat throughout the day, the more likely you are to wake up during the night. That bowl of ice cream before bed could be the culprit for a restless night’s sleep.
Promote better mental health when you consume less sugar.
Research has proven that the intake of sugar during the day can lead to an increase in anxiety or depression. Do you ever find that after a sugary cup of coffee you are shaky, anxious, and overthinking the day ahead of you? That’s partially due to the caffeine but also with added sugars comes unnecessary anxiety. Give yourself a break and try limiting your sugar intake until after lunch to set yourself up for success in the morning.
While it can be difficult to completely eliminate sugar from your diet, it is possible to substitute it with a healthier alternative. SweetLeaf® Stevia is a plant-based sweetener with a glycemic index of zero to promote stable blood sugar levels. You can use your SweetLeaf® stevia as a substitute for sugar in foods, beverages, and recipes.