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what to eat instead of sugar?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

what do you eat instead of sugar. Stevia, raw agave. More im interested in local things and exotic things. lind tree suger. Or lindflower polls.

Some local roots. Or some technices. Cold cranbewrries taste sweet, while warm just taste more herb.

Or eating bitter and hot before something sweet?

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on March 22, 2012
at 05:44 AM

more pastured fat - whether it be from meat or dairy (preferably raw) ... I will cheat sometimes with raw honey or use xylitol, but agave is too much fructose, dextrose tastes too bland to me, and stevia has an aftertaste I don't like.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on January 16, 2011
at 12:19 PM

They are amazing aren't they?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on November 04, 2010
at 06:25 PM

Apples still have quite a bit of fructose. Better than sugar, yes, but good? Maybe sparingly, but I probably wouldn't make it a habit.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on November 04, 2010
at 04:20 PM

Eating a sugar rich fruit isn't goin to break someone of sugar cravings

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on November 03, 2010
at 02:28 PM

That's my personal favourite. :-)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 03, 2010
at 02:26 PM

How about meat?

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on November 01, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Good I mean should not respond on iPhone hey !

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on November 01, 2010
at 09:59 PM

It is still thought to evoke an insulin response so not hood for people who still crave sugar

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 30, 2010
at 05:06 PM

He might live somewhere where such things are hard to find.

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on June 30, 2010
at 04:47 PM

"i dont like coconut very mcuh, have never eaten real fresh one." Ok. Sorry, I can not help you.

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on June 30, 2010
at 11:29 PM

I don't eat anything "instead of sugar". I find it best to avoid the taste of sweet altogether.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on November 03, 2010
at 02:28 PM

That's my personal favourite. :-)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 03, 2010
at 02:26 PM

How about meat?

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on November 03, 2010
at 02:21 PM

Oddly, since I've gone paleo, the stricter I get, the sweeter EVERYthing tastes. Carrots and romaine lettuce in particular taste sweetest...

Otherwise, go crazy with the berries, seeds, low-GI fruits, maybe add whipped cream or sweet/heavy cheeses if you can tolerate dairy.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:46 PM

It's generally a losing strategy to try to find something to "replace sugar" i.e. which is sweet like sugar and yet which doesn't have any of the nutritional properties of sugar. That should make you suspicious of agave nectar and artificial sweeteners (having learnt through millions of years of evolution, the body isn't easy to fool!). That said there's some evidence to think that honey is just a (relatively less harmful) sugar substitute. This clashes with all my prima facie intuitionsbut Matthew has collected some suggestive evidence. That said, despite honey's status as less-destructive-than-refined-sugar substitute I would strongly suspect that it is still far from an optimal food. As a rule, I'd say that if you're eating enough 'sugar' that it's necessary to find a "substitute," then you're probably eating too much even with the substitute. Conversely, if you're only lightly sweetening some heavy cream for dessert every once in a while, then I wouldn't worry about the sugar too much. There's no justification for thinking some "natural" replacement will allow you to eat lots of sugary-stuff without health downsides.

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on June 30, 2010
at 05:22 PM

I personally stay away from Agave as it is basically pure fructose. Local, raw honey seems to work best in my house. Sorry, but I don't have any exotic answers for you!

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on July 01, 2010
at 01:58 AM

Anything where saturated fat accounts for more than 70% of the calories.

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on July 01, 2010
at 12:45 AM

Tabbed miracle berries work well... I'll have one before a bit of really dark bitter chocolate. That's a bit exotic isn't it? It's not actually sweet, but it makes anything you eat that's bitter or sour taste sweet so you could eat lemons or swig vinegar straight and it's quite good :P It is also great with cranberries as well, they're sweetened up loads and taste like a really ripe cranberry flavoured blueberry. I've always really wanted to try it with bitter melon, but I haven't found one yet :)

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on January 16, 2011
at 12:19 PM

They are amazing aren't they?

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on July 03, 2010
at 03:53 AM

Stevia is natural, has no carbs, and, at least for me, causes no cravings. I use the it in my tea. Be aware that some brands add maltodextrin. I use only the pure stuff.

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on November 01, 2010
at 09:59 PM

It is still thought to evoke an insulin response so not hood for people who still crave sugar

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on November 01, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Good I mean should not respond on iPhone hey !

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 01, 2010
at 12:17 AM

i too just went coldturkey - no sweets whatsoever. Better off this way i feel. I just love my meat and fat and veg. I know we are all different though.

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on June 30, 2010
at 04:43 PM

I would suggest checking out some of the other threads found here:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/sugar

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on June 30, 2010
at 04:25 PM

thanks but more slghtly sweet. i dont like coconut very mcuh, have never eaten real fresh one.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 30, 2010
at 05:06 PM

He might live somewhere where such things are hard to find.

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on June 30, 2010
at 04:47 PM

"i dont like coconut very mcuh, have never eaten real fresh one." Ok. Sorry, I can not help you.

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on January 05, 2011
at 05:22 PM

I just did my best to avoid all sweet things (and most anything ending in -ose) for several months.

Now, a faintest trace of sugar is like an explosion to my senses.

Raisins are insanely sweet to me and I find myself only buying the not-so-sweet fruits.

Heh, I'd be a cheap date in candy-land.

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on July 04, 2010
at 02:57 AM

I try to avoid sugar whatsoever. If I really want to add something and it doesn't make sense to add some naturally sweet thing, like berries, I would use very little sweetener. I know it's a processed, chemical "food", but I use it so seldom, that it's hardly a problem. I don't need to sweeten my coffee (heavy cream is sweet enough), and the rest of the food I like is on the salty side (like meats). Once in a while I feel like baking something with coconut flower or so, then I would add something. The good thing is, now very little sweet taste goes a long way. I don't think I would be able to enjoy old style cookie anymore!

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on July 03, 2010
at 11:48 PM

For "desserts", I eat a small amount of carrots or berries, a bit of large flaked, unsweetened coconut (I like Bob's Red Mill), some sliced jicama sprinkled with ground cinnamon, or a tablespoon or two of almond butter. What I've found about this lifestyle is that when you cut the highly processed and sweetened foods, the natural sugars of fruits and vegetables comes out immensely.

I've never tried stevia but I think for me it would be too much of a crutch for sweet things.

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on November 01, 2010
at 09:35 PM

Try fruit. You might like apples which are in season now. Try Gala apples, I like those. You don't need to appease sugar cravings with concentrated sugar and sweets.

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on November 04, 2010
at 04:20 PM

Eating a sugar rich fruit isn't goin to break someone of sugar cravings

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on November 04, 2010
at 06:25 PM

Apples still have quite a bit of fructose. Better than sugar, yes, but good? Maybe sparingly, but I probably wouldn't make it a habit.

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on November 01, 2010
at 03:39 PM

I'm trying to cut down on the sweet stuff, but I've used Coconut Crystals in place of brown sugar- it's made from the sap of the coconut tree; allegedly it's low-GI. Pretty pricey though :/

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on June 30, 2010
at 04:19 PM

If you are looking for something sweet, try this: http://www.codecheck.info/img/48904/1 Warning: Highly addictive, very sweet. No sugar, just 100% coconut, though.

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