One of the many challenges of staving off Candida is finding healthy alternatives to sugar, including, chocolate. Sugar in general is bad for your health. It contributes to:
According to Rheumatic.org , here are the top 10 reasons why you should be avoiding sugar, mainly, refined sugar:
- Sugar can suppress the immune system.
- Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
- Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
- Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you lose.
- Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
- Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
Pretty scary stuff.
Regarding Candida, sugar causes yeast in your intestine and gut to grow and multiply. So I avoid that sucker at all costs.
I found some really good info on the Bulk Barn website:
- Unlike chocolate, it’s not full of fat, butter and sugar.
- Naturally caffeine free
- A natural source of sugar: can serve as a replacement for baking (such as bread, waffles, cakes, pies, muffins, etc)
- Can be enjoyed by those who are allergic to or have chocolate sensitivities
- Naturally sweet, high in carbs and very low in fat content
One easy way to incorporate carob into your diet is by adding a teaspoon or two into your smoothies.
Here’s an easy smoothie recipe that I like to make, nearly every day:
- Frozen or fresh strawberries
- Frozen mangoes
- Coconut water
- No sugar added soy milk
- 2 teaspoons of carob powder
- 1 tablespoon of protein powder* (optional)
*Because of wheat and sugar sensitivities, I opt for a whey protein isolate, called Inbalance (http://www.inbalancenutrition.ca/ ).
- Do you face any dietary challenges?
- How do you overcome them?
- Is there an ingredient in your diet that you could substitute for a more healthy alternative?
- If so, what is it?
- Try it for a week and see if you notice a difference!