I was on Facebook the other day (my reliable source for up-to-date news and information) when I saw a quote to the effect of, “A study in the Journal of Natural Medicine found that one teaspoon of refined sugar ‘paralyzes’ fifty percent of the body’s white blood cells for five hours. Why is this important? White blood cells are an important component of your immune system. They help to defend your body against infectious disease!”
My first thought was, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me! My sweet tooth is causing more problems that I even knew!’ So I went on over to my second source for reliable and accurate information: I Googled it. In searching for the actual study, I was unable to find the direct link for it. The best I could discover is that it was in the Journal sometime before 1979 since it was sited in several articles around that time. One article even made it sound like the study was done sometime in the 1950’s. I read up several articles and from my own personal experience, I have to say that the study makes sense.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sugar as much as the next person, but lately, I’ve really tried to reduce the amount in my diet. Considering that just one can of soda can have 8-10 teaspoons of sugar you can see how difficult this will be for most people. I know my husband admits to being a ‘sugar addict’, and when I showed him this health fact, he thought it made a lot of sense. He said that he could see a lot of his health issues being related to his sugar intake.
Armed with this new study, he asked me to help him reduce the sugar in his diet, and I was happy to help. Last night my girls wanted sweet ‘n’ sour pork/chicken for their birthday dinner. One serving of that sauce has 2 TBSP of sugar. I made a sugar free version for anyone that wanted to try it, and I thought it was a success. It turned out really tasty so I will be posting the recipe later this week on ICCK for those that would like to give it a try.
I’ve always tried to lower the sugar in my diet and contained in the recipes on my site but this just strengthens my resolve. I have a few sugar substitutes that I really like. My favorite is Somersweet, but it’s only available on-line and it’s pretty pricey. I’ve started using Truvia and you can get that at most health food stores at a more reasonable price. Pure maple syrup, agave, and honey are all great substitutes for refined sugar and have some real positive results. If you have a sugar substitute that you’ve had a lot of success with, please share. I’m always looking for new ideas and recipes to help my family eat better