Following my post last week on how agave isn’t as good for you as you may think, I wanted to give you some good news that there are plenty of other sugar alternatives that are! Hoorah! Because life just wouldn’t be as sweet without a little healthy sugar honey!
Raw honey has been filling my cupboards for a while now and my family and I love it, more than conventional honey. You might be wondering what the difference is between the two; raw honey has not been pasteurized or filtered, and is ideally taken directly from the hive. It is a powerful antisteptic and antibacterial powerhouse of nutrients. It can be used topically to help skin abrasions or infections heal quicker.
When you think of sugar alternatives, blackstrap molasses might not immediately spring to mind but unsulphured organic molasses are rich in vitamins and minerals and unlike agave, is low GI having a minimal effect on blood sugar. It is thought to be incredibly healing, especially for arthritis, ulcers, high-blood pressure, anemia, gall-stones and skin conditions. Similar in taste to molasses, is yacon syrup which is mildly glycaemic and can be used in place of agave.
Similar in taste to molasses, is yacon syrup which is mildly glycaemic and can be used in place of agave.
Coconut sugar is the new favourite sugar on the block for many reasons; it is a low GI sugar sustainably harvested from the coconut palm flower; it is low in fructose and contains essential vitamins & amino acids, mineral salts and B vitamins.
I always thought that maple syrup was a sugar baddie as I assumed it was high in sugar and most likely highly glycaemic. It just looks naughty! However with more research I discovered that this little wonder food has a lot to offer. It contains potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, small amounts of iron and B-vitamins helping to boost the immune system and protect the heart.
I’ve been using dates in my raw food recipes since the very beginning of my raw journey because they are just so versatile and easy to use. Personally, I prefer to use organic Medjool dates as they are the easiest to work with but if you can’t find them, use what you can and soak to soften before using. You can use them as they are, or soak them and blend with water to make date paste.
Xylitol has all the sweetness of the common sugars yet 40% fewer calories. Proven to fight cavities, safe for diabetics and those with cancer and candida, is excellent in weight management and with a low GI, it is an ideal alternative for anyone with glucose-related problems.
I have been using and selling stevia for a while now because I think it is a brilliant sugar alternative. It has no effect on blood sugar, has no calories or carbs and is safe for those with cancer, candida or diabetes. Here are a few more reasons why stevia rocks.
So there you have it. No need to feel sad about agave lying to us because we have all these other wonderful options! I would just like to remind you however that sugar is sugar is sugar is sugar. Go easy and consume sensibly and in moderation.
Do you already use any of the above? Let me know in the comments below if you will be trying any listed above?