11/25/15- Paula's Eating/Exercise Journal: Friday

by Paula (Clean Eating Expert) 26. November 2014 14:20


I hope everyones' Thanksgiving was fun and relaxing.  Now, let's get down to business!


There has been a long standing controversy over sugar vs. sweeteners (like Sweet n Low,Splenda, or Equal). Many people feel that you are better off using natural sugar cane sugar because it has been processed less.


Recently a sweetener to the market has made a big splash called Agave or Agave nectar. It is a honey colored syrup, derived from succulents. In this sugar filled society, agave is touted as being a healthier alternative. Calorie wise, (sugar vs. agave) they are about the same, but agave is about 25% sweeter, so, you don't have to use as much. Its glycemic index is significantly lower so it doesn't make your blood-sugar levels spike as much as sugar. When I made cranberry relish for Thanksgiving I made one variety with blue agave, and one with half the amount of sugar asked for in the recipe.  I provided both on the table, so guests could make their own preference choice.


Agave can be found in the organic section of most super markets, but remember; agave, like sugar, is an 'empty calorie’, so use it in moderation.


**I have found since beginning to follow a clean eating diet that my cravings/tolerance for salt and sugar has decreased (though I'm the first to admit my weakness for sugar/chocolate!). If I eat a salty processed food like microwave popcorn, it taste grossly salty since I've massively decreased my salt intake through eating foods that are closer to their originally source, rather than processed.


 Keep working on your goals around the clean eating principles, and watch your health and your taste buds change for the positive!



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Comments (4) -

12/1/2015 9:17:08 PM #

So what was the verdict with the cranberry relish ?

Agree that clean eating allows for the more delicate flavor of foods to prevail rather than the sameness that comes about from salt / sugar addition.

Interesting information about agave.  Have you tried Stevia as a sweetener ?


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12/2/2015 2:48:00 PM #

I thought it was great.  I added to my salads for sweetness this week.  In a blind taste test my kids show the sugar type.  It is stilla process to get their sgar-taste buds evolved.  
I will check out the site you recommended.  Thanks

12/3/2015 3:21:24 AM #

Thank you for the verdict on the relish !  Good to try new things. Just a thought, the kids taste buds may be sharper than an adults has.  I wonder if it is just a taste thing of if the consistency was different ?  For sweetness, I personally prefer the taste of white sugar to that of fructose corn syrup in store bought products. Corn syrup has an after taste that is unfamiliar.

If I'm understanding your blog correctly, since you have a daily calorie limit, the goal is to substitute the empty calories of sweeteners for healthier food choices, to enjoy the natural flavor and dietary benefits fresh wholesome foods provide ???

12/13/2015 12:32:16 AM #

The theory is (and I find it works), that the closer any product is to it's natural source-form. the better able your body can get the available nutrients and process that food successfully

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