Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? Well, if you have intolerances or allergies it doesn’t mean you have to miss out either….You can have your cake and eat it too!
I am one of ‘those’ people who can’t have certain foods, some are by choice because I know my body feels better without it eg; dairy, yeast etc but gluten for me is something my body does not react well too, like many today, so I avoid it completely.
I am more a savoury kinda of girl but every now and then I enjoy a piece of cake and this one certainly hit the spot.
It was my husbands birthday and it was school holidays, so my Daughter and I thought we would make a delicious chocolate cake to help celebrate this occasion. This one was certainly the bomb! Rich and Moist but not heavy or too sweet.
When cooking, I use a variety of different types of sugar in my baking, like Rapadura or coconut sugar in granulated form or rice malt or maple syrup in liquid form. Why do I do this? Well, as far as the body is concerned, sugar is sugar, right but are all sugars created equally? Well, in my opinion no, not completely!
I am not going to bore you with too much science about sugar and the body but the surprising truth is that by the time any sugar’s circulating in your bloodstream, it doesn’t matter whether it comes from a Red Delicious Apple or a marshmallow. It’s treated the exact same way: With the release of insulin, the hormone in charge of collecting sugar from the blood and depositing to your muscles, organs and fat stores—a wholly necessary process for pretty much every function in the body.
Rice Malt Syrup contains soluble complex carbohydrates, maltose and a small amount of glucose. It is 100% fructose free.
What’s wrong with fructose? The problem with fructose is that the metabolic burden rests on your liver. It is converted directly to fatty acids, and then body fat.
Pure Maple syrup contains calcium, magnesium and manganese. It’s also low in fructose.
Rapadura sugar contains Vitamin A, E and C as well as potassium, magnesium, Niacin, phosphate and iron.
Coconut Sugar its low-glycaemic and has a nutritional profile including amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
White refined sugar contains no nutrients, mineral or enzymes. It is highly processed, high GI and of no real benefit to the body.
Now I am not going to get into a debate about what sources of sugar you should be consuming here, that is entirely your choice but my recommendation and choices are, if I am going to be consuming little sugar in moderation is ones that will give me some nutritional benefits and be of no or little burden to my liver and body.