Something weird happened yesterday. Although I have been trying to cut back on my sugar intake, I was jonesing for a chocolate cake. I was going to make my go-to King Arthur cake pan cake recipe with maple syrup instead of white sugar, but I didn’t have enough maple syrup. I decided to go ahead and make it with sugar.
You can substitute maple syrup for sugar in baking, by using 3/4 maple syrup for every cup of sugar, and reducing the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons. But since I was out of maple syrup, I cut the cup of sugar called in the recipe by 5 tablespoons.
But when I ate a piece last night, after a few hours, weird things started to happen. My skin started itching. And this morning, my hip pain had returned. Since I had cut back on sugar, my joint pain had all but disappeared. I also feel really sluggish and tired today.
I am pretty sure the sugar is the culprit. Maple syrup does not affect me in the same way (I mean pure maple syrup, not the HCFS crap you buy in the store). It has a lower glycemic index and also has more nutritional value.
I briefly thought it might be that I used flour in this recipe, as I have been baking more flourless cakes. But the only way to know for sure is to bake another cake with flour and use maple syrup in place of the white sugar.
So stay tuned to find out if sugar is really the culprit.