The Sugar Series

Love Keto and Low Carb baking from scratch? If so, you’ve probably come across one or both of these sweeteners in recipes or premade products or mixes. If you’ve been curious about the differences between the two are, we’ve popped together this quick list to help make it easier for you to choose which is… View Article
With so many sugar alternatives out there, it can be confusing to know what the best low carb sweeteners are. Some natural sweeteners may seem like healthy options, like dates, agave syrup, honey and maple syrup, but they’re just another form of pure sugar. So, when you’re cutting down on carbs, what do you replace sugar with when… View Article
Have you noticed that when we spy sugar-based foods such as ice cream, cake, chocolate and sweets that our mouths begin to produce saliva in anticipation of eating it? Have you heard people refer to themselves as “emotional eaters” – where they eat to lift their mood? Do you suffer from a mid-afternoon slump that… View Article
Many people ask, “What is xylitol?” To put it simply, it is a natural sweetener with many other health benefits. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has a crystalline, granular structure with a sweetness comparable to sugar. It naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables and is produced by the human body. Xylitol is generally… View Article
Erythritol is in a group of foods called sugar alcohols that taste sweet but don’t contain as many calories and have a lower impact on blood glucose. Sugar alcohols should not be confused with artificial sweeteners because although they both reduce calories and glycemic index, sugar alcohols come from natural sources like fruits and vegetables!… View Article
Stevia is perhaps unique among food ingredients because it’s most valued for what it doesn’t do. It doesn’t add calories. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant. The prized species, Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni), grows in Paraguay and Brazil, where people have used leaves from the stevia bush to sweeten food for hundreds of… View Article
Sugar is a type of carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is a macronutrient present in a vast range of foods. There are many different carbohydrates; the major types are outlined below. Sugars are considered simple carbohydrates; they include fructose found naturally in fruit and lactose in milk. There are also refined sugars such a table sugar and glucose… View Article
What are the different types of sugar? The term “sugar” usually refers to a group of carbohydrates known as “saccharides” (which originates from the Latin word “saccharum”). Sugars are sweet-tasting, crystalline carbohydrates found naturally in most plants and some animal products. But what are the different types of sugar? Simple sugars Such as glucose and fructose… View Article
How does Sugar affect Weight Loss? When metabolised by humans, all sugars deliver 17 kilojoules of energy per gram of sugar absorbed. The body has an immediate need for glucose for its various metabolic functions. When humans are active, this energy need increases and when rested, the energy need decreases. If the amount of sugar… View Article
Statistics show that more than half of Australians are exceeding the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily intake of added sugars every day. According to the Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars a person should eat per day is for men, 37.6g (or 9 teaspoons), and 25g (or 6 teaspoons) for women per day…. View Article
Dietary advice is varied, but if there is one thing most of us can agree on, it is to steer away from highly processed foods in favour of eating fresh produce such as meat (or other protein sources), eggs, nuts, dairy, fruit and vegetables. But while “eating clean”, we still like our occasional sweet treats!… View Article
Can we really stop eating sugar altogether? And what would this mean? There have been books published, articles written and diets created in order to help us to stop us eating sugar full stop. But how easy is it in reality? Like any type of food or ingredients, everything is ok in moderation and this… View Article
Sugar – the buzzword of the year and present in a high number of everyday shop bought foods that we consume. Whether it’s disguised in your claimed ‘natural’ Greek yoghurt or in your herbs and spice mix, it’s hard to escape it but what we’ve all learnt, is that we should probably be consuming less… View Article