Natural Sweeteners That Are “Sweet” in Health
It is a well known fact that white refined sugar is a natural sweetener that doesn’t have any nutrients it it, and there are numerous studies linking white processed sugar to increased incidence of disease, obesity and spikes in blood sugar.
Eating desserts with natural sweeteners makes you feel GREAT after eating them.
- Are you looking for substitutes that are healthier to use than what has always been traditionally used?
- Are you looking for a delicious tasting option that will make also you feel GREAT throughout the day, versus getting tired and sluggish?
Agave Nectar-This is liquid nectar from the Agave plant that is most known for having a low glycemic index so your blood sugar doesn’t spike. The downside of Agave is it is not rich in nutrients like some of the others have.
Barley Malt Syrup-Barley Malt Syrup is a low glycemic, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. Barley Malt syrup is filled with nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus and comes in either a powder or a liquid.
Brown Rice Syrup-Brown Rice Syrup is also low glycemic; and is half as sugary in taste as what people are used to. It has a lot of nutrients; as it roots stem from brown rice.
Date Sugar-This is basically just ground up dates. It is is filled with nutrients and adds a delicious flavor to baked goods.
Coconut Sap Sugar: Coconut sap sugar is 100% natural and is totally free from additives, chemicals, food coloring, and artificial flavoring. It has a low GI of only 35 and it tastes GREAT. It can be substituted in any recipe 1 to 1.
Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup is a whole food healthy sweetener that is loaded with minerals like manganese and zinc. Be sure to read the label and make sure that it is 100% pure maple syrup. Many on the shelf are imitation versions that are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.
Rapadura-Unrefined, unprocessed sugar cane is very nutrient rich and unprocessed. Rapadura is considered to be the LEAST refined and therefore one of the best options to retains almost all of the vitamins and minerals of the cane. Rapadura is one of the MOST highly recommended natural sweeteners that still behaves like it’s traditional counterpart when baking.
Rapadura is VERY difficult to find in stores in the U.S., but can be ordered online for a lot less money.
Raw Honey -Raw honey is a wonderful as it is packed with nutrients and numerous benefits that are very interesting to know about. Of all the natural sweeteners, raw honey is loaded with ancient medical cures; some of which still isn’t fully understood.
Stevia Sweetener-Stevia is a very new to enter the market and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is sold in a liquid form and a powder form that is often used for coffee and tea.
Stevia has no calories and doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels. The plant grows very well like Agave does, without the need for chemicals. Some people report to have stomach issues with Stevia.
Sucanat-A Wonderful Option- Sucanat stands for “SUGAR CANE NATURAL,” or Sucanat. This wonderful natural sweetener is made by taking out the water and then going through a process of heating and cooling. Sucanat also has a lot of vitamins and minerals, though not as much as Rapadura.
- For a chart comparing Sucanat benefits compared to refined products go to: Sucanat benefits
Black Strap Molasses: Black Strap Molasses thick syrup that is filled with nutrients including: calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.It is usually combined with others to achieve a good taste.
Sweeteners To Be Aware Of:
“Sugar in the Raw” or Turbinado Sugar-With Turbinado, you have very few minerals or nutrients that are left after it has been processed and refined. Turbinado is often confused with Sucanat or Rapadura; but it is NOT the same thing.
Evaporated Cane Juice-Evaporated can juice is a popular in processed foods, as it is much finer and lighter than Turbinado. It does have trace nutrients in it, but not much more than it’s processed counterpart. There are many other healthier options that will produce a delicious taste in your baked goods.
High Fructose Corn Syrup- High Fructose Corn Syrup is everywhere, placed in almost all processed foods. It is is very inexpensive to make and keeps the shelf life of the product longer. Be wary that the Corn Refiners Association has a series of high fructose corn syrup advertisements trying to talk the public into this being a good choice of foods to eat.