There is a worrying trend across wellness oriented food blogs and magazines to offer endless “healthy” and natural sweet treats. You have seen the pictures choking Instagram and Pinterest feeds – raw vegan paleo caramel slice, cacao peanut butter cups, raw cashew cream “cheesecake”. It appears that this is what all the healthy bods are eating … or at least dreaming about!
Starting your day with maple toasted granola, popping a few cacao balls at work then scoffing a slice or two of raw caramel slice after dinner is not going to put you on the path to good health in the long run. When transitioning from a high sugar diet to a low sugar one these substitutions are great as they move you from the empty calories of refined cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup to more nutrient dense foods while also allowing time for your palate to evolve. However including them in significant quantities in your day to day diet long term will simply keep feeding you sugar….