June 2010: Organic & Sugarless | Blog Post
June 23rd, 2010
Since I began my raw food journey I've learned about many new wonderful dishes that can be created entirely raw. The first discovery that really struck me was fruit balls, which I tend to make more like “chocolate balls” now, since more chocolate means less fruit, so they come out less sweet and more like a dark chocolate brownie.
No Artificial Sugar; No 'Organic' Sugar; No 'Raw' Sugar
One thing that amazes me is how very possible it is to make things delicious and wonderful without every using sugar. It is scary how rampant sugar addiction is, and how normal everyone thinks it is. Yet sugar has been scientifically proven to be more addictive than heroin!
I eat absolutely no refined sugar. Ever. For good reason. Refined sugar, in any form, is essentially poison. Granted, I've had the advantage that even a tiny pinch of refined sugar gives me a splitting headache and paralyzes my neck for up to three days . . . So I didn't really need scientific evidence to prove its danger to me. A lot of people say “Oh, it doesn't affect me,” without really ever trying to go without it. If you've never been off refined sweeteners for a month, how do you know what impact it might have?
In order to really embrace healthier eating, you have to realize that your taste buds change. Right now, you may believe that candy is what sweet is, and that fruit just doesn't taste as good. This is caused by an addiction to refined sugars and has nothing to do with reality.
Fruits are very sweet, and most vegetables are quite sweet as well. While you won't believe me (because it's something you have to experience, not read), your taste changes dramatically when you stop eating all refined and processed sugars. Suddenly, grapefruits – which I used to find very bitter – become deliciously sweet and flavorful.
Recently I've gotten into eating exclusively organic as well. Living in California with Lytenian has had a very positive impact on my outlook and habits. I'm shocked it isn't headline news everywhere that conventional means of growing fruits are killing the honey bees and destroying wild life. How could I have made it to being twenty-one without knowing about this until recently?