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Not really "Sugar-Free",
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This review is from: Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less (Paperback)
I purchased this book because I have completely cut all sugar and wheat out of my diet. I was so excited when I saw this book, because I thought, "Finally, someone has written a book which caters to both sugar free and gluten free eating!" Alas, many of the recipes in this book are chock full of sugars. Sure, they are disguised as Agave, Palm Sugar and Maple Syrup, but these are all just different forms of Sugar. Maybe these "unprocessed" forms of sugar are a tad better for your body than processed white table sugar, but if you are trying to watch your sugar intake due to candida, diabetes, unbalanced hormones, weight management, etc., then keep on looking, cause this isn't the book for you. And I've been reading reports lately that Agave might actually be worse than table sugar. Many types of Agave are highly processed and are really more like high fructose corn syrup (which is the worst). Having said that, there are some good recipes in the book and many of the entrees are sugar free, but then most entrees are. I'm still looking for a book which has breakfast, snack and desert type foods which are both TRULY sugar free and gluten free.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2012 9:50:14 AM PDT
Thanks for the review. I too have been looking for recipes that are gluten and sugar free. I get aggravated when I see items in the store saying they are sugar free and they are not. I am really hoping FDA guidelines will include better labeling for products so as not to deceive customers. Food with the artificial sweeteners should have warning labels on them, but that is another rant of mine. I have found in recipes as well that Stevia is the only sweetener that can be added to make recipes truly sugar free but there are many touting that they are sugar free when they are not. I guess education is the key. For now I guess we can only try to substitute their sugars with Stevia and hope it works.
Posted on Nov 15, 2012 4:27:47 AM PST
robert L. wilson says:
maybe you should be creative ? try xylitol and stevia ? Actually maple syrup and honey are pretty good for you.
Posted on Dec 6, 2012 11:43:02 AM PST
L. T. Majot says:
Thank you for the review...sure it's a lovely book for those than can substitute sugars freely, but I'm just starting my battle with Candida overgrowth and some self-diagnosed gluten issues. I'm open to dietary change but not doing this for fun! The sugar part is the hardest to figure out (resource-wise) and am really feeling lost when it comes to finding a book of decent recipes concerning both gluten/sugar issues. Would love any cookbook (or otherwise) suggestions you've found helpful and true to their claims.
Sorry, written in a hurry, hope it makes sense! Be well all!
Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:45:48 AM PST
Agave is actually pretty good for you, as is honey. Agave is even healthier than honey, and has a low GI also, which makes it a safe blood sugar food. It's a pretty simple solution to just buy the unprocessed one instead of the processed. Many foods have to be processed to some extent anyway - unless someone processed the raw ingredient themselves, and stevia is a rarely unprocessed condiment. It is hard to find one that is unprocessed, even if it says "natural" on the label.
If I decided to stick to natural sweeteners only, I would lean more toward agave or honey honestly, there is not enough scientific background on stevia that determines it entirely safe to consume as of yet.
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Posted on Mar 12, 2013 11:49:54 PM PDT
Paul Skavland says:
Still, the reviewer makes a very valid point. If you were intending to buy this book to avoid sugar completely, it's nice to be informed that it includes sugars! It might be true that honey, maple syrup and/or agave are "better for you," (I am skeptical) but if you're looking to cut down or *avoid sugars completely* (for any of a number of reasons) obviously this book would be disappointing. Thanks very much for the heads up, S. Kesten.
Posted on Apr 15, 2013 11:09:06 AM PDT
"I'm still looking for a book which has breakfast, snack and desert type foods which are both TRULY sugar free and gluten free."...... With all respect I think what you are looking for does not exist. It is kind of ludicris to expect to make snacks and deserts that are sugar and gluten free. Anything that makes it a desert or snack has some kind of sugar in it, even if it is real fruit. Nothing sends my sugar spiraling out of control like a good ole apple! You have to change your idea of what a snack or desert is. Maybe you can eat raw foods, maybe including fruit. Maybe you would choose a hardboiled egg. Idk.....but to control my sugar simply means changing what I eat, not turning my foods into something else.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2013 8:48:19 PM PDT
The book clearly says "simple sugar & gluten free" so rating it only two stars because you did read the title correctly, really doesn't seem fair to the author.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2013 7:17:11 AM PDT
Kristin A. Gonzales says:
Really? do you want to ready the title again? It says SIMPLY sugar and gluten free as in its easily sugar free... Be sure you are correct before you correct someone else
Posted on Jul 12, 2013 7:28:47 AM PDT
Kristin A. Gonzales says:
My mother-in-law is diabetic so I was looking for recipes that are sugar and gluten free which like the original commenter posted are not in this book. All the sugar alternatives in this book still rise the sugar level just not as fast as table sugar and yet they may be "better for you" they are not good for a diabetic!