AnAncientAwakening wrote:One of the projects that I would like to work on is that of converting the sugar content in ALL of my recipes over to a raw honey base; though that will present certain challenges, I'm sure, i.e. substituting a liquid sweetener such as honey for a solid sweetener such as sugar. Pure cane sugar also comes in varying 'raw' forms, such as sucanat, rapadura, and panela, which I try to use when I can get it ($$$$, of course); but I would assume that here we are speaking of the same basic type of sugar substance, which again, has little if any beneficial health qualities for we as humans.
It doesn't matter how you relabel it... sugar is still sugar, be it honey, nectar, pure or raw crapola or whatever. It's still a poison. I guess that's why the Goa'uld like all those fancy pastries!
LoneBear went sugar-free a month ago, keeping his diet to nice, fatty meats like hamburger and pot roast--and lost 17 pounds without even doing any exercise. Turns out that once the body gets addicted to sugar (or the candida does), it forgets
how to convert fat to glucose, so then fatty stuff becomes "bad" for you. But it also forgets how to process body fat
--so you can't lose weight when addicted to sugars. Once the body breaks the addiction and needs to survive on fat--it just starts eating it up, from food and stored fats.
The same problem occurs with carbohydrates because when they are processed all the fiber is removed, making the carbs quickly convert to sugar with the same consequence of "added sugar." The only good carbs are the ones still bound in fiber, so it takes the body a while to break it apart and digest it slowly.
Though I tell you... looking around the stores, it's sugar-city. Tons of it just hiding on the shelves under some 60+ different names. It's in everything. I used to like Vitamin Water, until I looked at the label--one of those little bottles has 32g of sugar! Gack. I had no idea it was this bad.
(Oh, BTW, don't turn to stevia... turns out that long-term use makes men sterile.)