Wellington cafe leading the charge against sugar

Not so long ago I was writing about how the Wellington council was bribing Cafes to discriminate against their outdoor smoking customers. Now without any financial incentive from the council, one Cafe owner has decided to ban sugar from her cafe’s tables. I am all for the market deciding and support this business owner’s right to provide what she chooses but I have tried some sugar substitutes personally like coconut sugar for example and it was disgusting. I put it in my coffee and simply couldn’t drink it. Perhaps it is better in baking.

The Sugar Trade cafe owner Angela Humphrey says the point of her shop is to show people how you can trade sugary food ...

The Sugar Trade cafe owner Angela Humphrey says the point of her shop is to show people how you can trade sugary food for healthier alternatives. JARED NICOLL

First it was smoking, now should table sugar disappear from Wellington’s cafes?

The Sugar Trade cafe in Wellington’s northernmost suburb of Tawa was so-named because its goal is to show customers how table sugar can be swapped for healthier alternatives.

The cafe uses fructose-free sweeteners such as rice syrup, sugar alcohols, stevia (a plant-based sugar substitute), and occasionally glucose, to create all sorts of treats, including mixed berry cheesecake and even chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake made with glucose powder instead of table sugar, and rice syrup in the cocoa butter icing.

Chocolate cake made with glucose powder instead of table sugar, and rice syrup in the cocoa butter icing JARED NICOLL

 

…Owner Angela Humphrey said her cafe was free of fructose, a fruit sugar found in common table sugar that was linked to increased weight gain and all the bad stuff that can come with it such as diabetes and heart disease.

…”It’s hard to find a place to get together with friends without sugar coming at you.

“People kind of know it’s not good for you, but they don’t really understand how bad it is.”

 

…She thought her cafe might be the first of its type in Wellington or even New Zealand.

-Stuff

 


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