Sugar here, sugar there, sugar everywhere
by Shelley Frances Deegan
oday, I wanted something yummy and sweet without sugar.
Resisting sugar has always been difficult for me. Like most Americans, my
taste for the white stuff started at home. My mother used to bake the most
delicious sugar cookies, and her peanut butter cookies with the fork crosses
were to beg for. I later moved on to Oreos, which I sometimes used to eat
for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It turned out that, in addition to wheat, gluten, yeast
and dairy, I was allergic to cane sugar. This was a blessing and a curse:
a curse, because I had chronic fatigue, candida and was 25 pounds overweight;
a blessing because these problems put me on the track of a healthier lifestyle.
Many people have health problems associated with sugar
consumption and don't even realize it. I am one of the many people who feel
better and think clearer without sugar. Fortunately, there are good alternatives
that can help us avoid sugar without forsaking sweets.
Here are some products I personally recommend:
- Pamela's Products - these are a line of cookies that are wheat free,
gluten free, sugar free and fill your sweet tooth. I like the pecan shortbread
and chocolate chip. Keep them in the freezer to keep them fresh.
- Rice Dream Ice Cream - by Imagine Foods. This delicious cow's milk
alternative to ice cream is made from rice. The flavors are grand, from
Vanilla to Carob Chip.
- Tropical Source brand dairy free "milk" chocolate has cane
juice crystals in it. Awesomely satisfying! They come in large bars or snack
- Brown Rice Treat brand - a puffed rice square similar to the Rice
Krispies baked snack mom used to make, but without sugar. It does contain
barley malt, which those with gluten allergies may not be able to tolerate.
- Little Bear Carmel Popcorn - this is better than I can make! Rice
syrup and vanilla make a tasty combination on organic popcorn.
- Rice Bran Crackers by Health Valley Foods - wheat free, gluten free
snack crackers sweetened with honey and fruit juice. Crunchy and good!
I have not addressed every alternative sweetener available, but those listed
can get you started. Share this information with a friend and your health
- Rice syrup by Lundberg Farms - not as sweet as sugar, but the same
consistency and bakes well. I also use it as an ice cream (Rice Dream) topping
or waffle/pancake topping.
- Fruit Source brand sweetener - I bought this last week and made some
corn bread. I like the taste, sweetness and consistency of the bread very
much. Fruit Source is made with rice syrup and grapes.
- Fruit juice - a simple sweetener. Try concentrated pineapple or apple.
Where to shop
OB People's Food Coop is an excellent health food store. Located at 4765
Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, they carry many of the delicious products
I have mentioned. People's has well stocked shelves and a helpful, knowledgeable
staff to show you where these products can be found. They have cookbooks
and many of the dairy replacements and wheat replacements (flours and breads)
I have discussed in my previous articles. Their phone number is 224-1387.
Recipe of the Month: Rice Pudding
1 Liter of rice or soy food beverage
1 3-inch stick of cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Cardamon seeds, crushed
3 Whole cloves
3/4 cup Basmati rice
2 Tbsp Any nut butter
2 Tbsp Rice syrup, Fruit Source, maple syrup, honey, etc.
Bring liter of liquid food beverage, cinnamon, cardamon seeds and cloves
to a boil. Add rice. Turn down heat and simmer for 60 minutes. Discard cinnamon
stick and cloves. Stir in nut butter and sweetener of your choice. Serve
warm or chilled. Great for breakfast or dessert.
Shelley Frances Deegan is founder of "Solutions to Food Allergies,"
a company dedicated to educate people about food alternatives. They offer
informational health food store tours several times per month and "Food
Police" services to support you in restocking your kitchen with healthy
foods. Individual consultations available. For more information, please
call (619) 543-0334.