Keeping tabs on our sugar intake is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Sugar is added to almost every form of processed food, so if we are not careful, we may consume more than what we need. The empty calories from added sugars in food can lead to weight gains and spikes in blood glucose, leading to health problems down the road. To help you reduce the amount of sugar intake, here are five tricks that you can use.
- In baking, add most of the sugar and sweeteners after you bake. The process of heating infuses the sugar into the product and actually lessens the sugary taste, so sweeten after baking to ensure that you will not need too much sugar to bring out a sweet flavor. For example, you can actually coat your cupcakes in melted dark chocolate after baking so that you can still achieve the sweet flavor without loading the cake with sugar during the mixing process.
- Use dark chocolate with at least 70% of cocoa. Dark chocolate is a great source of fibre, magnesium and anti-oxidants. It will not only add a rich texture and taste to your food, but it will also help reduce the amount of sugar you need to use to flavor your food.
- Replace the table sugar, syrup, honey and molasses with agave nectar. It is a concentrated sweetener, so you will not need to use as much of it to get the sugary taste you want. If you find yourself needing sugar to soften the bitter taste of your coffee and tea, try adding more milk or opt for a lighter roast so that you will not need to add as much sugar.
- Replace your sugar beverages such as coke and soda with sugar-free options. Try to avoid drinking juice as well, because without fibre the sugar will directly spike your blood sugar. Water, milk or tea is always the best if you are able to resist the urge to drink sugar beverages.
- Eat fresh fruit or fruits canned in water or natural juice. Avoid canned fruits that preserve their contents in syrup, as they are loaded with sugar and do not add anything to your health and diet.
At Panz Veggie, although we cannot guarantee that our menu is sugar-free, rest assured that we have taken into consideration the amount that is used in each of our delicious dishes. Come on down and check us out to see for yourself how easy it is to cut down sugar yet still retain taste in food.