|Emma's wants to pack nutrients into baking!|
Sugar (in the form of glucose and fructose) can disrupt the messages in the body that regulate our appetite. Have you ever started a packet of biscuits and then not been able to stop eating them until only the crumbs are left? Blame it on the sugar content! According to experts, not only is sugar invisible to our appetite-control systems, but it is also addictive. That's why we crave it, and when we give it up, we even get withdrawal symptoms. What's more, our bodies convert the excess sugar that we can't burn off into fat.
The latest food research also suggests that our bodies' relative inability to deal with sugar, in the form of fructose, is wreaking havoc on our long-term health. The over-consumption of processed sugar has been linked to type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, bowel cancer, ageing skin, a depressed immune system and liver/kidney cancer, to name but a few.
|A selection of the goodies I baked on the cookery course|
'Overfed and undernourished'
Since qualifying as a nutritionist, Emma has spent months designing and refining her recipes, including a wide repertoire of healthy treats. Her baking recipes replace processed sugar with much smaller amounts of natural sugar, including raw honey and maple syrup which contain trace vitamins and minerals. She also believes we should only eat sugar when it is combined with other nutrients such as protein and fibre.
|Sweet treat: making Emma's sugar-free chocolate|
The same goes for her fruit cake, her flapjacks and her divine lemon muffins, all made from wholemeal spelt flour, ground almonds or oats, combined with dried fruit and vanilla essence for sweetness. "Most cakes in the supermarkets provide us with nothing, but then you have taken on 400 calories. We are massively overfed and undernourished," she explains. "My baking recipes are not low on calories, but they do contain nutrients."
|Guilt-free and sugar-free flapjacks|
To read my post about how one of Emma's clients lost weight and alleviated her symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, click here. You can find some of Emma's recipes on her Eat Real Food Facebook page.
|Look what I got to take home!|
EMMA'S FURTHER READINGLove, Bake, Nourish by Amber Rose
"I like her philosophy," says Emma of this cook book which explores baking without processed sugar. "She's quite relaxed, relatively mainstream and not too healthy, healthy!"