Last night we had D’s Dad and step-mum over for dinner, as it was my father-in-law’s birthday.
We had a fantastic night, but it really brought home to me the dilemma of being fructose-free: should you continue to provide your non-fructose free friends with sugary treats?
For dessert I made mini-trifles (omitting the sponge cake from mine and D’s so ours were sugar free), and had also made a pear and semolina cake as my FIL’s birthday cake. We told my FIL and MIL that we were now fructose-free. However, FIL insisted that D and I have a piece of cake, so D and I split a tiny, tiny piece.
If you haven’t read Sweet Poison by David Gillespie or I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson, may I humbly suggest that you do so? David in particular goes into the details of how fructose makes you fat, and is behind a myriad of health problems.
D has completely withdrawn from sugar (he’s one day behind me in giving it up). He had some fructose over a few days last week, and it made him tired and headachey, and he had trouble sleeping. Discovering this has been a good thing, as D is determined to say no to high-fructose things because he doesn’t like the side effects. When I had some Eton Mess the other week, I noticed how ravenously hungry it made me feel. It took me a couple of days to come right. Since quitting sugar, I’ve seen huge improvements in my sugar cravings (I now only want sweet things if I see them) and my appetite seems to be slowly getting under control.
If I’d had more time, I could have tried making sugar-free cheesecake or something similar. I’ve found that not too many genuinely fructose-free dessert recipes exist that don’t involve all sorts of weird ingredients that are hard to get in New Zealand. This particular blog is fantastic, but I will have to do a special shop to make some of her recipes as a lot of the ingredients are only to be found in health stores.
I follow several whole food blogs as eating food as nature intended is something I really believe in, and many of these bloggers post ‘sugar-free’ recipes. Only, most of these recipes tend to use agave or honey etc under the guise of being a natural sweetener. The problem is, these natural sweeteners are just as bad for you as sugar, because our bodies process them in the same way. Making your cake with agave really is just as bad as using sugar. I have occasionally used Stevia over the past month, but the jury is still out on the long-term effects of that sweetener too.
D and I entertain a lot. We both love cooking, and making special treats for people is a way I show love. So the dessert part of my dinner parties now seems a bit more problematic. Not only do I want to serve something that D and I can eat, but I don’t want to poison my relatives and friends with sugar anymore. I mean, I love these people, right?
If you have a really good, basic recipe for a fructose-free dessert that even your sugarholic friends like, please let me know.