Which Sugar Is OK?

Excessive Sugar, Even “Whole Food” Sugars

A pan of clean-eating brownies is a beautiful way to get in a treat every now and then, and a wonderful alternative to processed sweets, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call these recipes healthy. To me, the healthy label implies something you should be eating, can eat often, for the benefit of your health. Sugar is a treat, not an essential nutrient, and too much sugar in any form from maple syrup to honey is not beneficial to you. Decide yourself about Agave (shown to raise blood sugar as much as table sugar or honey) and Stevia or Truvia a no calorie vegatable sweetener that can be used just like regular cane or beet sugar.

Although a teaspoon or so of these sugars a day is probably fine, save the high-sugar recipes for your “every now and then” category to be enjoyed on special occasions


Breakfast – Honey Bran Muffins

Honey bran muffins


Makes 12 muffins
A tasty treat for any occasion, Try adding dried fruits to make these muffins even more delicious!


225g wholemeal flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 egg whites
50g sugar
50g All-Bran
300ml skimmed milk
2 tbsp honey
50ml vegetable oil


  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and set aside.
  • Place the All-Bran, milk and honey into a large mixing bowl and stir. Once combined, let it stand for 3 minutes or until cereal softens.
  • Add the egg whites and oil and beat well.
  • Then add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper cases, or grease and divide the batter evenly.
  • Bake at 200 °C (400 °F) gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.