Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Word about Sugar

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In 1994, the American Diabetes Association lifted its absolute ban on sugar from its recommended dietary guidelines.  Under these guidelines, you can exchange 1 tablespoon of sugar for a slice of bread, for example, bread, sugar and other carbohydrates each is considered a starch exchange. The new guidelines for sugar are based on scientific studies that show carbohydrate in the form of sugars does not raise blood sugar levels more rapidly than other types of carbohydrate containing foods. What is important is the total amount carbohydrate eaten, not the source.  Sweets and other foods high in sugar may also be high in fat and low in nutrients.  So the better choice between an apple and a slice of cake is still an easy one to make. Sugar can be eaten in modest amounts as part of a balanced diet, whether or not the person has diabetes.

Source - Diabetic Cooking - November 2010

I use Agave Nectar, which is 100 % pure sweeter. It comes in Light and Dark Amber, it is also certified USDA organic.  I sweeten my coffee, teas, and have started cooking with it.  I like it better than the artificial  sweeteners which for me leave an after taste.

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