3 dessert recipes, free of artificial sweeteners, to avoid weight gain and diabetes
The CDC estimates that 1/3 of adult Americans are obese and over 29 million Americans have diabetes. But you don’t have to miss out, if you like a sweet treat, because there are alternatives to artificial sweeteners, which recently have been linked to weight gain, obesity, and diabetes. So, here are 3 desert recipes free of artificial sweeteners.
Sometimes we think that by replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners, we will cut on weight gain and our chances of developing diseases like diabetes. But, reports have shown that it’s actually the other way around, as scientists have found that that people who regularly consume zero calorie sweeteners like Saccharin, Aspertame, Sucralose are more likely to gain weight be obese or develop diabetes. A report from the UK, indicates that people are up to 80 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who maintain a healthy weight. So, its important to consume foods that will help with weight gain regulation and will also have anti - diabetic capabilities.
There are foods that have been promoted for their many health benefits including hypoglycemic and weight loss effects. They are: turmeric, pomegranate, lemon and ginger. So, here are 3 dessert recipes, free of artificial sweeteners, to avoid weight gain and diabetes.
1) Coconut turmeric bites
1 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
1 cup coconut butter / creamed coconut (NB not coconut cream!)
50g organic turmeric powder
4 tspns organic cinnamon powder
1/4 tspn freshly cracked black pepper
1-2 tbs maple syrup / xylitol.
Chop / grate the creamed coconut into pieces a size that your blender will tolerate (gently heating it soften it).
Pop all ingredients into your blender
Blend on high until well combined.
Pour into a flat bottomed glass dish.
Allow time to set (quicker in the fridge)
Once set score and slice into bite size pieces.
2) citrus and pomegranate fruit salad
Many studies have suggested that pomegranate may be effective in managing type 2 diabetes
2 large navel oranges
2 pink grapefruits
Place the pomegranate on a surface that won’t stain. Starting at the crown, cut a cross into the fruit about halfway down. Put a large bowl in the sink and, holding the pomegranate crown side down over the bowl, break it apart into quarters.
Squeeze each quarter firmly over the bowl to release the seeds and juice, then bend each quarter back to release more seeds. (Don’t worry about getting all the seeds out. What you really want is the juice, so squeeze the pomegranate again to release the juice from any remaining seeds still attached to the fruit.) Pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains in the bowl are seeds and juice.
For the oranges and grapefruits, cut a slice off the top and bottom of each fruit so they sit flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, work your way around the fruits to remove all the skin and pith. Cupping the fruit in one hand and working over the bowl, carefully cut the segments out from between the membranes. (Be sure to cut only until you reach the middle of the fruit!) Firmly squeeze the remaining membranes over the bowl to release all the juices. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Be sure to serve this fruit salad in bowls, so the juice can be spooned up with the fruit.
3) Honey ginger fruit salad
While ginger has been reported to have the ability to manage high blood sugar in diabetes, and curb appetite,which suggests a potential role of ginger in weight management; lemon water has been reported to aid with weight Loss and natural healing.
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 cups cubed melon, such as honeydew and/or watermelon
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1 pint strawberries, halved
Mix honey, lemon juice and ginger in small bowl until well blended.
Place fruit in large serving bowl. Add dressing; toss gently to coat. Cover.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
The CDC advises that if you have diabetes, it is important to eat right avoiding fatty cuts of meat, fried foods, whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk, cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, pies, salad dressings, lard, shortening, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.