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3 Natural Sugar You Should Eat In Your 40s and 50s Instead Of Refined Sugar

In today's world, the effects of eating refined sugar cannot be overemphasized, especially in people in their 40s, 50s, and above. This is because the rate at which sugar is consumed is increasing daily despite the many health problems that refined and added sugar has caused. Several studies have shown that the consumption of added sugar may impair glucose tolerance, contribute to insulin resistance and inflammation, and raise triglyceride levels, all of which can harm your physical and mental health and may result in health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, obesity, and certain cancer in children and adults.

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At age 40 and above, the production of insulin(a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar and synthesize protein of skeletal muscles) into the bloodstream by the pancreas gradually decreases due to the reduced glucose metabolism capacity of the skeletal muscle and increased insulin resistance that occur with increasing age. Although sugar cannot be completely removed from our diets, people in their 40s and 50s are recommended to eat more natural sugar than refined or added sugar due to their low sugar content and nutrient availability to prevent several health complications that are related to old age.

1. Dates

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Dates are dried sweet fruit and an excellent alternative to added or refined sugar. Aside from their sweet taste, they are a good source of fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, polyphenol and carotenoid antioxidants. According to Healthline, despite the high natural sugar and calories in dates, they don't significantly affect blood sugar levels like table sugar, even among diabetic patients. They can also reduce LDL cholesterol and control blood pressure.

2. Honey

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Unlike added sugar, honey contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, as well as plant compounds that provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has a slightly lower glycemic index and contains compounds like polyphenol that may modulate inflammation in your body.

3. Coconut syrup/sugar

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Coconut syrup and coconut sugar are great alternatives to refined sugar because of their high mineral and nutrient content. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index so it provides a slow energy release for our body which makes it an excellent alternative to refined or added sugar.

We recommend that these natural sugars should be consumed in moderation as they still contain sugar and calories.

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