We all know that refined sugar is unhealthy, but finding suitable sugar alternatives can appear to be daunting. After all, most of us enjoy sweet taste of sugar; consequently our task is to find sugar alternatives which are healthy and also tasty. But the task of finding healthy tasty sugar alternatives is not as difficult as it may first appear, as we shall now fight out.
Honey: We all know about honey, honey is just great. It’s very sweet, it can be easily mixed into beverages and I’ts already very popular with many candy bar and cake manufacturers. So honey will give you that sweet taste kick, which you are looking for, but also it is made from approximately 30% glucose, 40% fructose and 10% other sugars, mainly maltose, so it is a quality sugar, unlike good old healthy sucrose (white refined sugar, or worse still plain old dirty corn syrup).
Stevia: Stevia comes from South America, and has been used by many generations as a healthy sugar substitute. Stevioside has been derived from stevia, and it is 200 times sweeter than sugar; it comes in liquid form, in packets, tablets which dissolve and even as powder, which can be used for making bakery items. It has zero calories and it is 100% natural.
Stevia doesn’t appear to have any significant side-effects, however some people do feel that it has a metallic aftertaste. If you feel the aftertaste is strongly metallic, experiment with brands of stevia which contain higher levels of stevioside.
So in summary Styria is a very good sugar alternative. It appears to be very safe, and may even help to lower blood pressure levels. Certainly, it’s worth trying out as a potential sugar alternative.
Maple syrup: Maple syrup is a wonderful sugar alternative. It boasts a wide range of benefits which includes the following:
- It boosts the immune system
- It is high in antioxidants
- It is good for the heart and the cardiovascular system
- It is high on zink and other minerals which can help male reproductive health
So far so good, however, the majority of maple syrup which is found in your local supermarket is actually high on corn syrup, artificial flavourings and preservatives. Consequently, maple syrup is only a great sugar alternative, if it is very good brand or you have to make it yourself.
How to make your own maple syrup at home
- 3 cups of water
- two tablespoons of maple flavouring
- 2 cups of stevia
- 2 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
- One lemon
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup of molasses
Procedure for Making Date Sugar Alternative – For Baking
- If you want to use dates, as a sugar alternative, you must convert them into a paste. Begin by soaking the dates in hot water until they become soft.
- Take the dates out of the water and pour them into a food processor or blender.
- Do not throw away the water, rather take 1 teaspoon of the water mix and added to the blender.
- Blend until smooth, adding water if necessary, in order to make a rich creamy paste.
- Then filter to take out any fibre, which is making the mixture rough.
These four alternatives honey, stevia, molasses and dates are really useful sugar alternatives. It is not as difficult as you might think to come up with sugar alternatives, but it does take a little great creativity and in some cases a willingness to do some preparation. Take some time out and have a go with these tasty sugar alternatives and you may be surprised at how easy it is to have a natural tasty sugar alternative at your disposal.
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