The term “healthy” is often applied haphazardly when it comes to food. While so-called healthy ingredients are increasingly becoming the norm in the food and beverage industry, it can be hard for consumers to determine what is truly fresh, quality food that nourishes the body.
In this episode of Health Mix, host and brand consultant Yareli Quintana chats with Sylvie Charles, M.D., the founder and CEO of Just Date Syrup. Just Date Syrup is a nutritional, natural sugar alternative extracted from organic California Medjool dates. Featuring a low glycemic index, these dates are filled with antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, and a number of other vitamins and minerals.
“After doing some exploration, I realized that date syrup has been around for thousands of years,” says Charles. Growing up in a “food-centric” Indian household, dates were absolutely essential as a sweetener for meals. The ingredient, however, “just hadn’t made its way into American pantries.”
Just Date Syrup ultimately aims to help consumers be more conscious of and care about the food they put into their bodies every day. Using alternatives like date syrup and cutting back on sugar in general can help prevent a number of diet-related illnesses, including diabetes.
However, Charles is quick to remind consumers that regardless of its nutritional density, date syrup—like all other sugar alternatives—is still a sugar. “You should in no way be consuming an excessive amount.” For decades, notes Charles, “companies were actually funding scientists to hide research that sugar was behind a lot of our diet-related illness, and not fat.”
Check out the podcast above to learn more about the benefits of date syrup, the importance of nutritional education, and some great recipe possibilities with this unique ingredient.
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