And What Are Simple Sugars?
…..Simple sugars are a type of Carbohydrate, and one of the basic Macronutrients. The others are Proteins and Fats. Simple sugars are found naturally in foods.
New sources of sweetness include syrupy reductions from fruit sources like monk fruit, pomegranates, coconut and dates, and syrups made from starches like sorghum and sweet potato.
Syrups made from Starches:
So what does this mean? The very first time that I heard about Sorghum is when my dad would get a load of sweet feed for the horses and cattle that he raised at the Barn. Sorghum is comparable to wheat, without the gluten effect. It is high in complex carbohydrates, and a high protein grain. 1/2 of a cup gives you a whopping 72 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of protein. It is an excellent source of fiber, insoluble fiber, vitamin B3,B1, and B2.
Sweet Potato sugars, are simple sugars, such as glucose, fructose, sucrose, and maltose. Sweet potato sugars have a medium to high glycemic index rating of around 44-95. That’s pretty sweet! Sweet Potato sugar is called ipomoea batatas. The sugar is obtained form the purification and crystallization of the sugar syrups.
Dates, are, as a whole fruit, packed with potassium, B6, niacin and fiber. They also contain Iron, which is something that is not easily found in a plant based food. Dates are an excellent source of easily digested carbohydrates, with a sugar content that ranges from about 60 percent to 70 percent. Glucose or fructose is the sugar found in most dates. Dates provide 260 percent more potassium than oranges and 60 percent more potassium than bananas, here’s the catch…they also contain 60 percent more calories than either of these fruits. This is all good, but the down side is that a single date contains a whopping 70-80% sugar!!!!!
Monk Fruit is known to be the best sweetener in the world, according to (Julian Bakery, March 02,2016) What is Monk fruit you ask? It is a potent, no calorie, Paleo-friendly sugar substitute made from fruit. It is low on the glycemic index, so it wont spike blood sugars. It comes from the Chinese mountain orchard melon known as lo hang guo. It grows in Southeast Asia. It is a cousin to the cucumber and the bitter melon. It is very potent 100-250 sweeter than sugar.
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