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Some Sugar-Free Sweetness: Greeniche Stevia

A Greeniche Guide To Sugar Alternatives

Maintaining a healthy, sugar-free lifestyle can be difficult without the right products and resources. Besides, trying to restrict yourself from the occasional sweet treat throughout your day can be a little too difficult. Keep reading to find answers to these questions: 

To keep from having to limit yourself, Greeniche offers a line of guilt-free stevia-based products. These sweet solutions can be used in any of your favourite recipes or drinks. Stevia is a sugar-free, calorie-free, diabetic-friendly substitute that is perfect for anyone trying to stay healthy, or monitor or maintain their weight. 

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No matter how you use it, stevia offers a benefit to everyone while keeping their lives tasty!

Why Is Added Sugar Problematic?

Like it or not, sugar consumption is a required part of your day. Whether it’s added or natural, you need sugar to create energy. Sugar is a carbohydrate, the molecule responsible for your energy. Sugar, when catalyzed by water, converts into energy that can be used by your body. However, the trick to feeling energized is more than ingesting lots of sugar; it’s about using the right sweetener.

Why Do You Need To Choose The Right Sugar-Free Alternative?

First, let’s look at the two different types of carbohydrates, or sugars. Carbs come in either simple or compound forms. Examples of common simple carbs are glucose, fructose, lactose, and galactose. Compound, or complex carbs, consist of 2 or more simple sugars combined by a covalent (molecular) bond. These break down slowly, offering consistent yet gradual energy for your body. 

Natural sugars are the natural sugars in products such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). However, natural sugar isn’t as feared as added sugars therefore aren’t a primary concern.

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The biggest issues in sugar consumption stem from compound sugars, also known as added sugars. Whether it’s sugar in your coffee, or syrup on your pancakes, it can have a major effect on your life. Most of the time, without you even realizing it.

Is sugar addictive? Yes, most definitely. There are studies that suggest sugar can be as addictive as drugs due to the dopamine release it causes. Sugar addictions are fairly common, though, despite their impact on energy, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 

Plus, sugar consumption can have significant effects on your daily life that you might not realize. Aside from cravings, a high sugar diet can cause unfortunate symptoms. Examples are irritability, emotional imbalance, an increased risk of depression, and compromised cognitive functions such as memory and overall clarity.

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How To Choose The Right Sugar-Free Alternative?

There are multiple reasons as to why someone would use a sugar alternative. The main question is, which sugar alternative will best suit your needs? 

First, you must consider your health status. You may want to consider using a sugar alternative if you have:

  • High blood pressure,
  • Diabetes,
  • A high body mass index (BMI),
  • Tooth decay or,
  • A low metabolism.

Second, you need to decide which alternative is best for you.

There are a variety of sugar-free alternatives that can be used to replace sugar throughout your day. Greeniche offers a variety of all-natural stevia-based alternatives to using sugar that’ll sweeten your day without the guilt!

Whether you’re monitoring blood sugar levels or trying to live a better lifestyle, using a sugar alternative is a good idea overall.

The real decision is which alternative is best suited to you.​

Two of the most common sugar alternatives are stevia and sucralose. While stevia has significant benefits, it is important to understand why this all natural alternative is the better option. Let’s compare them so you can make an informed decision! Please reference the chart to the right for details on the differences between Pure Stevia Extract and Sucralose!

Stevia vs sugar

There are many factors that can be taken into consideration when deciding on a sugar alternative. However, here at Greeniche, we believe that stevia is the best for those trying to be their healthiest selves.

How Much Added Sugar Can You Have In A Day?

According to the American Heart Organization, men should consume less than 36 grams and women should consume less than 25 grams of sugar. Unfortunately, this is not an easily achievable goal, and is more difficult when your regular diet contains excessive amounts. 

Studies show the average American consumes 77 grams of added sugar in a single day. This equates to approximately 60 pounds of extra sugar yearly. Anyone consuming this much additional sugar is more likely to suffer from anything from sugar cravings to life-threatening heart disease.

Why Does Greeniche Choose Stevia?

  1. We believe in the power of all-natural products. Pure stevia extracts are plant-based sweeteners whereas most other sweeteners require the use of chemical compounds to create sweetness. Other sugar alternatives include maltodextrin which causes spikes in blood sugar levels. 
  2. Since it is sugar-free, there is less of a chance that you will experience cravings for sweet things. This reduces your risk of excessive sugar consumption.
  3. Though you will need to slightly adjust measurements in recipes, it’s fairly simple to exchange sugar for stevia making it a universal substitute. They both react the same way in temperatures making baking simple.
  4. It has properties that make it suitable for everyone. Stevia can benefit you whether you have a medical condition or are building a healthier lifestyle.
  5. Pure stevia extract is a highly-effective sweetener for diabetics. It does not cause an increase in blood sugar levels making it easier to maintain stability. Furthermore, it is useful for pre-diabetics who are monitoring their weight.

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