What is sugar? Sucrose is a simple carbohydrate, easily absorbed and easily converted into energy. The problem is that we tend to consume too much sugar, in any form. The excess gets converted into fat.
The Wikipedia definition:
Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Table sugar, granulated sugar, or regular sugar, refers to sucrose, a disaccharide composed of glucose and fructose.
You may not lose weight, but you’ll lose fat and fat loss is what you’re really after. Muscles weigh more than fat and if you’re active, losing weight can be counterproductive.
I tried following a ketogenic diet for a couple of months in 2019, but it didn’t work out for me. Losing fat and weight didn’t start to occur until I eliminated as much sugar from my diet as I could. I couldn’t eliminate all the sugar (because even fruit has sugar), but I lost around 15 pounds in two months. I was drinking weak, brewed, black coffee in the mornings the entire time. Of course, I gained some of my weight back later.
Replacing table sugar with raw sugar doesn’t make much difference. It still has carbohydrates and it still has calories. If you want to replace it with something natural, use Stevia or Monk Fruit Extract. Both have zero calories, zero fat and zero carbohydrates. Some of those products have extra ingredients and that’s why I prefer Stevia In The Raw. It has no additional ingredients.
If you’re going to replace sugar with another sweetener, it doesn’t make sense to replace it with something that can possibly do more harm than good in the long run. I recommend avoiding saccharine, aspartame and sucralose, even if they taste better. They’re artificial sweeteners.
I still avoid sugar and eat and drink things without any sugar replacement most of the time. Since I drink fruit juices, I still end up consuming some sugar, even without added sugar. Although I don’t drink completely black coffee now (it has a little sugar), it doesn’t contain any kind of creamer.
I’m almost convinced that it’s the sugar, not the caffeine in coffee that causes people to have trouble sleeping. When I was drinking it completely black, I could go to sleep an hour later without any consequences. Have doctors, dietitians and nutritionists been lying to us all along?
Sugar affects children as well. That treat you give your child, even if it’s a healthy treat, can cause your child to become hyperactive, especially if your child doesn’t get a lot of exercise. Fruit treats are just as bad as candy. Try not to give your child anything sweet in the late afternoon or in the evening if you want your child to sleep normally.
And I’m not trying to demonize it. There are times when it’s necessary. Birthday cakes, for example. One of my nieces, Bonnie Adams, appeared in the first episode of “Sugar Rush” on Netflix. Her company name is Inspired Sugar. She and her partner know how to make cakes, and they’ve been doing it for years.
Other than special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, I can’t recommend consuming cakes, ice cream or anything else loaded with sugar. If you consume less sugar, especially when it isn’t naturally occurring, you’ll enjoy a much healthier life overall. Even your teeth will thank you.