When it comes to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, refined sugars, like high fructose corn syrup and white sugar, are off the table but there are other great options.
Can you still have sugar on a whole food, plant-based diet? Yes…and no. Confused?
Let’s break this down. When it comes to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, refined sugars, like high fructose corn syrup and white sugar, are off the table. These are heavily processed and devoid of nutrients and fiber (which we need to regular blood sugar levels).
Okay, so what can you use to sweeten your food? If you’re looking to go the more natural and less refined route, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, and raw local honey are good options though some whole food, plant-based experts do note they’re not technically whole foods (and honey isn’t vegan).
Hoping to stay 100% whole food, plant-based? Go for whole food sources of sugar like homemade date paste or syrup, dried fruits, and fruit purees like unsweetened applesauce, and mashed bananas. This is what we use to sweeten our food at MamaSezz.
The Full Sugar Story
Is your sweet tooth throwing a monkey wrench in your whole food, plant-based lifestyle? Refined and added sugar consumption in the United States is off the charts and not to be a Debbie Downer, but the health consequences are serious, from chronic inflammation and heart disease to obesity and cancer. But it’s not all doom and gloom! You can indulge your sweet tooth and sustain a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. How? By switching from refined sugars to natural and whole food sweeteners.
But first, here’s the skinny on the difference between the two.