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Sweeteners – Coconut Sap Sugar
How would you like to start baking with a HEALTHY sugar that is RICH with vitamins and minerals, has a very low Glycemic index of only 35, and tastes simply fantastic!
Have you noticed how many different types of Agave you can buy in the store such as “raw agave,” “light blue agave,” “organic agave” and more? What is the difference between “raw agave” and all of the other types of agave syrups that are filling the shelves? Is there a difference, and if so what is it?
Agave is one of the many natural sweeteners that are available on the market. Agave syrup, otherwise known as Agave Nectar, is very easy to bake with and is ideal for creams and ice creams because it dissolves well in liquids. In addition, Agave enjoys the well known health benefit of having a “low glycemic index” so your kids will not be bouncing off the walls after eating it! You can buy Agave in health food stores and/or online, and is sold as either as RAW AGAVE, organic Agave, or Blue Agave.
Date sugar is a wonderful sugar substitute that is healthy for kids and it tastes great. Date sugar is not processed, or refined and it is loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Date sugar is a light brown, pretty color and has a very wonderful taste.
Date sugar is just GROUND UP DATES!
Sucanat sugar is dried sugar cane juice that is much healthier to use when baking versus white, refined and processed sugar. Sucanut Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Sucanat (Brown Sugar), 16-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)has a smaller proportion of sucrose, fewer calories and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Sucanat sugar alternative is filled with vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin A and many other nutrients.
(See chart at the bottom of page to view all of the vitamins and minerals that are in 1 cup of Sucanat)
100% pure maple syrup is a wonderful substitute for sugar, and is ideal to use when making healthy cookies, healthy muffins, and healthy desserts. I am not referring to the maple syrup that comes shaped like an robust woman, or the maple syrup that has an ingredient list so long that you forget what product you were even looking at. Clearly those maple syrups are basically sugar water with chemicals; they are not the real thing. I am referring to the living healthy benefits of 100% pure maple syrup.
If you are wanting to substitute sugar, raw honey is one of my favorite sugar substitutes. This natural sweetener comes straight from the bees without processing. It is loaded with healthy nutrients and enzymes for your body, it is very healthy for kids, and it does not spike blood sugar levels.
The only exception is you should not feed it to babies under 1 years of age. Read More→