Use stevia and brown sugar
Not much to tell about the dangers of white sugar, as many already know all this, so trying to replace brown and white sugar with stevia. However, some people want to know what are the benefits of stevia and brown sugar. Let’s find out more about how useful these products are and whether they harm the body.
There is a common myth that brown sugar is healthier. But is it? Is this product really so valuable? Or is it another fashion in the common pursuit of healthy eating?
What is brown sugar and how is it different from white? White sugar is produced mainly from sugar beet and contains more than 99.8 per cent sucrose. Is industrial cleaned. Therefore, it is devoid of many minerals and vitamins, although initially they were present in it in large quantities.
Brown sugar is most often made from sugar cane. It contains molasses, is in particular, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. Depending on how many contains molasses, brown sugar can be light or dark.
However, it should be borne in mind that we are dealing with a product that consists exclusively of sucrose. If you compare the calorie content of both types of sugar, it turns out that the difference is negligible(100 grams of white sugar contains about 406 calories, and brown about 390). Therefore, if we care about the figure, the consumption of brown sugar is of little use. Better then to withdraw it from the diet completely or limit to minimum. You should pay special attention to the price of brown sugar, this product is “luxury” for most people, because it is significantly more expensive than its white counterpart. There are, however, some difference in taste, so dark sort of sugar has a lot of fans because of these qualities.
Buying brown sugar, we must be careful not to fall for the fake. The dark color may give, for example, caramel. It happens also that the colouring is achieved by adding the previously purified molasses to white sugar. In such cases the product is useless if we are talking about minerals or vitamins. Brown sugar should be sticky, so be careful if it is loose, and the crystals are perfectly flat. Before you decide to buy brown sugar, read the label.
Both types of sugar equally strong oxidize the body, acting adversely on many occurring in the body processes. They consist almost exclusively of sucrose, which has no nutritional properties, and entering the body in large amounts can lead to tooth decay, diseases of the cardiovascular system, digestive system and many other diseases. Brown sugar should not be abused, otherwise the product will bring harm to health.
If we can’t imagine life, for example, without sweet tea, why not add the honey, which Europeans have used for centuries before the invention of sugar. It enhances our immune system, and among the many varieties you can find one that will suit your needs. We must take care that our meals were full, so it is important not to be misled by advertising and assurances of the manufacturers. Let’s be conscious consumers.
Stevia – an alternative to white sugar
Stevia is a plant that knows a few people, which is a pity, because it sleeps great therapeutic potential. Should be particularly interested in this plant, the people diabetics and people with high blood pressure.
Stevia is also translated as “sweet leaf”. It is a herbaceous, non-nutritive plant found mainly in the Northern regions of South America (Brazil, Paraguay). It can grow both on land and on the balcony. However, it should be remembered that stevia is very sensitive to low temperatures. After drying, the leaves of this plant, they should be crushed and then added to tea, desserts or cakes.
Stevia is a plant with very sweet leaves that are used as a natural sweetener. The sweetness of stevia leaves is due to the glycosides, which lead to the fact that it is sweeter than sucrose, that is sugar sweeter at 250-450 times. In addition:
– it contains zero calories,
– does not cause dental caries,
is soluble in water and alcohol,
– can withstand high temperatures, so can be used for cooking and baking,
– can be stored for a long period of time,
– does not increase the level of sugar in the blood,
– has bactericidal and fungicidal (mostly in the mouth) action
for many years it has been used by humans without causing adverse effects
– the leaves of this plant contain vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene, magnesium, iron and other trace elements.
Stevia can be a perfect alternative not only for diabetics or people with high blood pressure, but also for those who care about health and a slim figure.
Research has shown that stevia has a beneficial effect on people suffering from hypertension and diabetes, reduces blood pressure and the concentration of glucose in the blood. In traditional medicine, stevia is used by South American Indians as a means of toning the heart, reduces the level of uric acid, as well as a remedy from obesity, hypertension and heartburn. In Brazilian folk medicine this plant is used as a means of downward pressure, tonic and strengthens heart. Stevia leaves are used as medicine that cures diabetes, obesity, hypertension, fatigue, depression and various kinds of infections. And the Japanese for several decades to use the extract from the leaves of stevia as a safe and natural sweetener. Stevia is becoming more popular, and probably in the future it will use more and more people who care about their health and figure.