I am Noa. I bake, I blog, I take photos, therefore I am.
My family lived on sugar.
I think it was mostly my fault as I am the one who shops, cooks and mostly bakes in the house.
Every time I looked at my son eating something sugary I thought of how bad it is for him. I always knew sugar is not good for you, but how bad can it be, right?
But something didn't sit right with me.
I started reading about it, the influence of sugar, what it does to the body, raising sugar levels in the blood, promoting Diabetes.
That was enough.
I watched my dad being diagnosed with diabetes, shooting Insulin and keeping eating sugar like there is no tomorrow.
I watched him lose his leg, spending months in hospitals fighting for the other one. He still fights for it as I write these lines (and I promise to correct this sentence when he won't anymore).
Seeing that and then reading about the effects of sugar, knowing that I am probably going to go the same path as my dad if I am going to keep eating what I was eating, were enough signs for me to say stop and rethink things.
I try not to be a black and white person.
I try to teach my kids that food is exciting and that different flavors are something to experience, not to be afraid of. So I really can't imagine not having any sort of sugar in the house and I can't imagine depriving ourselves from sweet things.
So what do we do? We look for an alternative.
There are better sugars and sweeteners out there. There are a lot of bad ones of course, worse than sugar, but there are also better ones. And sure they are still forms of sugar and sure they still raise sugar levels in the blood, but not as much or not as fast as processed sugar.
So you won't find here white sugar or Demerara sugar or muscovado sugar.
I know many people think that brown sugar is better, but after I did my reading I am doubting it. I read that muscovado sugar for example is just white sugar that is mixed with molasses. That's too processed for my taste and that's why I choose not to use it. The doubt is enough for me.
But you will find here dates, fruit purees, coconut sugar, honey, molasses, agave syrup, maple syrup and more. This is just the beginning of the list and I am sure that time will take me (and hopefully us) into trying new products and tastes. And hopefully at the end of it we are all just a little bit healthier.
This is my journey of making 1000 goodies using unrefined sugar.
I hope you will walk with me.