Sugar has been getting a pretty bad rap in the press lately. The hit documentary “Fed Up,” which holds sugar as largely accountable for America’s obesity epidemic, was nominated for best documentary at the Sundance film festival. With high profile celebrities like Kate Hudson and Alec Baldwin promoting sugar free diets for both weight-loss and overall health, you may be wondering what the real skinny is on America’s favorite sweetener.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association saw a relationship between sugar consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. It’s also well documented that sugar promotes tooth decay, weight gain and is highly addictive. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and that men consume less than 9.
If you want to cut down on your added sugar intake but still crave a little sweetness in your coffee don’t despair! We’ve got you covered with 5 healthier organic sweeteners to use as alternatives to traditional sugar:
1. Raw Honey
Raw Honey is packed full of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and nutrients. It has been used to alleviate allergies, support brain health and boost energy. It also has a lower GI value than sugar which means that it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Try replacing the sugar in your coffee and tea with raw honey instead.
2. Coconut Sugar
Like raw honey, coconut sugar does contain as many calories as table sugar but it is also full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. These are not found in cane sugar and The Food and Nutrition Research institute notes that phytonutrients may help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. If you’re looking for a direct 1 to 1 ratio substitute for traditional cane sugar, try this healthier alternative.
3. Monk Fruit Powder
Monk fruit has been used traditionally for many years in Southeast Asia as a cold and digestive aid and monk fruit sweeteners are considered by many experts to be the best natural sweetener available. They contain zero calories, carbs, sodium or fat so won’t contribute to weight gain. Unlike the other sugar substitutes on our list, they may also be a good option for people with diabetes as they contain zero calories and will not affect blood sugar levels. Parker Naturals Monk Fruit Powder is a wonderful sugar alternative anywhere you would use regular cane sugar. Try when baking, cooking or simply in your morning cup of joe. It’s a very potent sweetener and so remember to use half the amount of monk fruit as regular sugar in any recipe.
Unsweetened applesauce is a great alternative to processed sugar when baking! Instead of using a cup of white sugar in your oatmeal cookies, trade an equal amount of this delicious alternative. You can also create a quick and simple dessert by mixing applesauce with some live yoghurt as a satiating and healthy after dinner treat.
5. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants which may reduce the free radicals that can cause inflammation and contribute to some chronic diseases. Like raw honey, it has a lower GI value than sugar and it also contains minerals like zinc, manganese, potassium and calcium which play a crucial role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Use it on pancakes and as a richly flavored sugar alternative when baking and cooking too. Remember to select darker syrups as these contain more antioxidants than lighter shades.
Experiment with these delicious, healthier alternatives to processed sugar next time you’re in the kitchen. Remember, if you’re looking for a zero calorie, heart healthy and easy to use replacement, give Parker Naturals Monk Fruit Powder a try in everything from coffee and tea to delectable cakes and sauces.
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