Continuing on from our healthy eating week, we have adapted our menu to ensure we are only using unrefined sugars in our desserts.
Refined sugar is essentially sugar that has been processed so much that it is depleted of its naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. This leaves a pure, refined carbohydrate which the body cannot easily use.
Eating excess refined sugar can affect your body in many different ways, causing your energy levels to quickly rise and then fall again, feeling like you’re riding a mood swing rollercoaster, and leaving you feeling tired and making it hard to concentrate. It can cause irreparable damage to your liver, heart and teeth, not to mention cause weight gain, diabetes and be highly addictive.
Unrefined sugars and sweeteners include honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, unsulphured molasses, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, fruit, date sugar and many more. Compared to refined sugar,
unrefined sugar retains sugars natural nutrients, such as calcium, iron and magnesium, and unlike refined sugar, there are actually benefits in consuming it.
Kate our fabulous cook has done lots of research and experimented with lots of different recipes, and now, every dessert she makes is naturally sweetened with fruit and/or unrefined sugars.
This has been amazing. The children have loved their desserts just as much as the old ‘refined sugar desserts’ and they are even now using her recipes in their day to day baking activities.
Our new summer menu consists only of desserts using unrefined sugars – Kate has adapted traditional recipes with unrefined sugars such as; coconut sugar, maple syrup, agave and many others, and has created new exciting recipes of her own.