If you ask me what’s my favorite breakfast, I’ll tell you it’s jam on toast. Yes, I’m boring like that. But I’m leery that jam can be too sweet and so I’m selective too. Last year, I found St Dalfour’s fruit spread and between my son and me, we’ve consumed a number of bottles now. They’re made of real fruits and juice concentrate, and are absolutely delicious. The best thing? This vegan jam is low in glycemic index (GI) and that means it’s pretty safe for my skin.
Link between GI and acne
What’s the big deal about low GI you ask? Well, the GI provides a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels (levels of glucose in the blood) rise after eating a particular type of food. The reason you want to keep your blood sugar low is because an elevated blood sugar stimulates your body to pump out insulin, which then triggers a cascade of hormonal effects, including elevated levels of androgens or acne-causing male hormones and excess oil, which lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
So frequent consumption of high GI foods will almost certainly influence or aggravate acne production. If you’re acne-prone and love jam, be mindful of what you’re eating. This one from St Dalfour is pretty safe for it hasn’t caused me any skin issues.
Special French recipe
Anyway, on top of this jam being low in GI, it taste great on toasted multigrain bread. I’ve tried a few flavors under that brand and so far, this raspberry one is my favorite. You actually get bits of the raspberry in the jam!
According to the company, their jam is made based on a good old French recipe using special concentrated grape juice and this is what is stated on the ingredient list of the Raspberry fruit spread: Raspberries 55%, Grape Juice Concentrate, Fruit Pectin. And the best part is, this fruit spread is free of sugar, preservatives, gluten, artificial flavors as well as colors.
Price and availability
For those in Singapore, you can find the St Dalfour range of fruit spread in the supermarkets like NTUC and Cold Storage. They’re retailing for under S$5. If you’re outside of Singapore, you may be able to find it in your supermarkets and if not, they’re also available at iHerb.com for US$4.49.
Besides red raspberry, some other flavors include strawberry, wild blueberry, royal fig, golden peach, black cherry, pineapple and mango, orange marmalade, apricot, cranberry, black currant, kumquat, black raspberry and plum.