Sugar is sugar. No matter what the source it can be detrimental when we get too much, hopefully you make the decision to limit the amounts of sugars you consume, paleo or not.

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Chronic low-grade inflammation is intimately involved most chronic disease, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease. One of the underlying factors causing this increase in inflammation is our love affair with sugar. We have been led to believe that if we switch to alternatives, we can go on with our sweet addiction and pay no health penalties down the road. If you go off sugar and all sweeteners for just 30 days, …. your body will adjust it’s taste-meter so that a piece of fruit with have more flavor and sweetness than you’ve ever dreamed possible. And if you do indulge in a glass of soda or something full of sugar, you just might spit it back out due to the sickening sweetness that your body had become accustomed to prior to your sugar detox.

Best Natural – Use sparingly

Stevia (organic green leaf or pure extract)
Organic Local Raw Honey

Better Natural – Use sparingly

Dates
Date sugar
Coconut nectar
Coconut sugar/crystals
Fruit juice (only fresh squeezed, real, organic)
Maple syrup
Palm sugar
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The Bad: Natural but recommend avoidance
Agave
Barley Malt
Beet sugar
Brown sugar/light brown sugar/muscovado
Brown Rice Syrup
Cane sugar or juice
Caramel
Carob syrup
Corn syrup or solids
Dextran
Dextrose
Ethyl Maltol
Fructose
Glucose/glucose solids
Golden sugar
Grape sugar
High fructose corn syrup
Lactose
Levulose
Maltitol
Malt syrup
Maltodextrin
Maltose
Mannitol
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Sorbitol
Sorghum syrup
Sucrose
Xylitol (or other sugar alcohols, end

Artificial – NEVER consume the following

Acesulfame K (Sweet One)
Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet, Equal)
Saccarin (Sweet’N Low)
Stevia – white/bleached (Truvia, Sun Crystals)
Sucralose (Spenda)

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