Sugar detoxes are all the rage lately. We’re being warned about added sugars sneaking into many of our drinks, snacks, and even pasta sauces — and the resulting backlash is leading to people quitting the stuff entirely.
There’s also a belief that sugar, and other forms of junk food are addictive. Sugar can’t actually cause an addiction; but certain types of refined, unnatural sugars can have effects on your health if you eat too much. Refined sugars can adversely affect your blood sugar, increasing your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
However, sugar in moderate amounts is a great source of energy for your body. It’s quickly accessible and can be nutritious — especially when it comes from fruit, honey, or other natural substances. Sugar detoxes can cause all kinds of deficiencies by cutting out fruit, milk, and other healthy (yet sugary) foods. They’re also crazy restrictive, causing intense cravings and isolation from social events and other healthy parts of life.
There are ways to limit the amount of refined sugars you’re eating, however, without eliminating the food group entirely. Sugars from maple syrup, honey, and other natural sweeteners taste just as sweet and can add health benefits such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to your treat. Don’t get me wrong — I love a regular, white-flour-filled, sugary cookie every now and then. But for everyday indulgence with a bonus of eliminating the added refined sugar, these recipes will do the trick.