Stevia is a natural sweetener that is plant based. It is one of the only sweeteners that does not raise glycmic levels. A little goes a long way as Stevia is about 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Even though agave nectar is said to be natural it can be highly processed depending on the brand. It is heated to 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
With these facts about sugar it is easy to see why it is essential to reduce sugar and processed foods in your diet. One important thing to do if you or your children crave sweets is to increase protein. Ensure you get adequate sources of good quality protein at every meal, such as eggs for breakfast, chicken or fish for lunch and dinner.
Replace refined white carbohydrates, ie. anything with white flour, white bread, white pasta, white rice, with whole grain alternatives. Use brown rice, quinoa, barley, breads and pasta made with spelt or kamut. If necessary, eat high protein healthy snacks in between meals.
1. Strand, D. Ray, MD Healthy for Life, Developing healthy lifestyles that have a side effect of permanent fat loss (Rapid City, SD:Real Life Press 2005) 54.
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