Sugar gets a bad rap in the health and wellness industry, but did you know that there’s a very big difference between refined and unrefined (or natural) sugar? Here are a few reasons why natural sugar is actually pretty good for you.
Five reasons why natural sugar is great for your health
#1: Tt keeps your energy levels sky-high
Unrefined sugars retain the nutritional value of healthy salts and minerals that help keep your blood sugar levels stabilised. You know how after you indulge in a big slice of chocolate cake, your energy levels just crash? That doesn’t happen with natural sugar – instead, its natural ingredients give you the energy you need to sail through the day!
#2: It doesn’t contain chemicals or additives
Unlike refined sugar, natural sugar isn’t dyed, sweetened or preserved, meaning it contains no preservatives or additives. And an added bonus? It’s not bleached or put through and irradiation process, which can further increase the harmful substances in refined sugar.
#3: Some types can actually improve your health
Unrefined sugars that are made with dark brown muscovado have a high molasses content, and molasses has been shown to promote weight loss by blocking calorie absorption, redue iron deficiency in women during menstrual cycles, and boost men’s sexual performance and reproductive health.
#4: It can help treat lung and throat infections
In India, ayurvedic practitioners argue that unrefined sugar can naturally and effectively treat lung and throat infections without resorting to the potentially dangerous chemicals found in many medicines. How interesting!
#5: It packs a great flavour punch
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it’s not advisable to eat more than six teaspoons of sugar a day. With natural sugar, the intense flavour means you can use less and still feel satisfied. In fact, professional chefs all over the world swear by its rich taste!
Go here for a list of my favourite natural alternatives to refined sugar.