This is a trap that it is easy to fall into. You must have been asleep if you haven’t yet got the message that sugar is BAD for you … and right on cue, those clever food marketing people have seen this as an easy bandwagon to jump onto. Suddenly our supermarkets are brimming with products shouting that they are ‘sugar-free’ or ‘low-sugar’.
However, just because something is marketed as “Low Sugar” it doesn’t automatically mean that it is the healthy option. As I’ve said before (and I really can’t stress this enough)- READ THE LABEL!!!
‘Low sugar’ may just mean that a product is full of artificial sweeteners which have been linked with spikes in insulin and blood sugar as well as disruption to the hormonal signals that tell you when you’re full (read this). If you are trying to eat in a way that is PCOS-friendly then this is NOT helpful – particularly as balancing your blood sugar levels is key to keeping your hormones happy.
So when eating ‘low GI’ and looking for alternatives to refined sugar, I strongly advise you to steer clear of the artificial stuff and stick to natural alternatives such as honey, maple syrup or stevia.
TRY THIS – if you need a sweet treat then take a look at my favourite recipe for raw chocolate brownies that are delicious, indulgent AND positively ‘good for you’!