PCOS Friendly Sweeteners
Are you confused about what to eat when it comes to your PCOS? Maybe you were told carbs are bad or don’t eat any sugar. Are you wondering if you should have sweeteners in your diet? What about artificial sweeteners?
Let’s first take a deep breath. I think we just need to take a step back and focus on balance when it comes to our PCOS. All these questions above are things I hear all the time in my clinic. There is so much information, it can be incredibly confusing.
So what we can do is break it down. In general, we want to place value behind doing things to nourish our bodies, while not beating ourselves up if we have a little something that is not really nourishing. In this Youtube video we discuss 4 sweeteners that are PCOS friendly.
The goal of this video is to show overall balance and emphasize how whole, real foods can truly be nourishing. I give you the inside scoops on each of the sweeteners and the benefits.
Molasses has a much lower impact on blood sugar. Blackstrap molasses is higher in iron as well! You can use this for baking purposes or use a tablespoon in a cup of tea. I prefer to use this in the winter time, it really adds a touch of nostalgia especially growing up on the east coast. Try experimenting with some holiday baking!
Honey contains anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. It can help with wound healing and also contains probiotics. Honey is very much a medicinal food staple. I even use honey on my Frenchie’s rashes! I love to add honey on a piece of sour dough toast with some peanut butter or mixing in a bit of honey with my tea.
Maple syrup is a lower, natural glycemic sweetener. I love to put this in a more natural hot chocolate.
Although I use this less frequently. I always have coconut sugar on hand. Coconut sugar is the equivalent to white sugar when it comes to baking.
I also shared with you some of my favorite ways to use these sweeteners (even some non-culinary approaches!). From adding them to beverages, to breakfast meals or even a healthy snack recipe. Something important to pay attention to is that whenever you are eating something that can increase the blood sugar (like a carb or sweetener), it is best to pair with some good protein.
Wondering about other sweeteners like stevia? We’ve got more information about stevia right here!
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