One of the keys to moving over to a healthy lifestyle is migrating from refined sugar to natural sweeteners. Did you know that when a food label says something contains 4 grams of sugar it’s equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar? We all know the truth about sugar, it’s just not going to do any of us good. Though how do you know which natural sweetener is the healthiest. We’ve summed up some of the best natural sweeteners for you and what you need to know about them. So take your pick.
So among them all, which one is the healthiest natural sweetener? The truth is whether it’s maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey or any of the other natural sweeteners, none of them are substantially healthier options. So the key lies in quantity over quality. How much you consume of each is what’s going to determine how healthy it proves to be for you.
Honey: It’s all about the honey, honey!
Honey is a superfood thanks to its multiple benefits. It’s got enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins. Which is why honey serves as a great prebiotic food. You should always stick to raw honey because pasteurized honey loses its benefits. One teaspoon of honey has approximately 21 calories. Avoid using raw honey while cooking but you can use it sweeten your porridge or cereal. You can also try it with your breakfast toast. It makes for one of the best sugar alternatives. Make honey fun for your little one by showing them how much Winnie the Pooh loves his yummy honey.
Tip: A lot of local beekeepers have raw honey, you can also ask them to come over if you have bee colonies near your home and would like to harvest fresh honey.
Dates: Use this on your next house date
Dates are packed with potassium, copper, iron and magnesium. Dates are filled with so many goodies and work as a great hunger filler. They also help to metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Wondering how to use dates as sweetener? Make a date paste and use it in your favorite cookie or cake recipe, it serves as a great sugar substitute. Try a date cake where you don’t need to use sugar separately.
Coconut Sugar: Go loco over coco
Coconut sugar has been trending of late. Coconut palm sugar has about 70-80 percent sucrose and has rich mineral content. Coconut sugar is extracted from the sap of coconut blooms, which then goes through evaporation. You can use this in any of your favorite recipes and in the same quantities as you would use normal sugar. Coconut sugar tends to be a little more coarse in comparison to refined sugar.
Molasses: Have you tried them yet?
Blackstrap molasses is highly nutritious, contains lots of copper, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins.There are several types of molasses. Blackstrap molasses is basically molasses of the darkest color and has the highest nutrient content. Molasses comes from refining sugarcane and sugar beets. It has a rich flavor which may not be appealing to a few for breakfast toast or porridge, however you could use it in baking and for marination.
Brown rice syrup: It’s lovely
Brown rice syrup is made from fermenting brown rice with enzymes. The enzymes break down the starch. The liquid is then heated till it reaches a syrup consistency, leaving it a pretty amber colored sweet syrup. You can use brown rice syrup to make healthy granola bars, nut clusters, puffed rice sweet bars and pies.
So there you have it, we’ve come up with the perfect natural sweeteners list for you. Make your pick as per whichever you feel is the healthiest sweetener.