Pseudo Paleo…?


Did you know that there are about 50 different ways to label sugar on foods?

And because ingredients must be listed in order of greatest quantity, savvy manufacturers are able to 'dilute' the amount of sugar there appears to be in a product by splitting it into 3-4 different types of sugar and listing them separately.

Barley malt, beet syrup, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, caramel, corn syrup, carob syrup, dextran, dextrose, diastatic malt, diatase, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, glucose solids, golden syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses,panocha, refiner’s syrup, rice syrup, sorbitol, sorghum syrup, sucrose, sugar, treacle......Luckily we don't touch that stuff right?

Luckily we have lots of perfectly delicious paleo/primal goodies we can concoct instead right?
Well yes and no, you have to watch out for the pseudo paleo crowd.
They are stretching the boundaries of healthy food by sweetening their recipes with honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave, dates, palm sugar, nectar etc.
They say that it's natural, but think about it, so is sugar!
Whatever you call it, it's still a processed, fast digesting simple carbohydrate, and thus should be consumed with the same moderation as other treat foods.  Flours created from nuts and coconut are also much better than wheat flour, but are still a form of processing, and also, creating delectable treats means it's easy to overconsume them.

That's right, I'm not saying you can't bake a gluten free paleo chocolate brownie once in a while, just don't let the word paleo fool you in to thinking that every bite somehow magically transforms into rainbows before it hits your stomach; make  sure the majority of your food still comes from veggies and meat.

But once in a while is ok, check out these kumara pancakes...... :)

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