Three Unexpected sugar alternatives , that are unprocessed and deliciously good for you .. i love stevia , but i know the processed liquids and powders are definitely not great for the body , and the dried leaves are impossible to find AM.I.RITE??
honey is boring . agave gives me the fear .. and aspartame .. dont even .. so i tried these random ones you may not know about . all better than sugar .. all delicious
the bestest: Yacon Syrup
Yacon syrup comes from the yacón plant and was used heavily by the INCAS it has plentiful nutritional properties and few calories alongside low sugar levels. yacón roots have been eaten by people with diabetes and digestive, renal problems .
its low in calories because the yacon contains up to 50% FOS (fructooligosacharides) consuming it doesnt increase blood glucose (hence its diabetic friendliness) like every other sugar , fructose or glucose …and is instead a form of dietary fibre and sugar polymer both not absorbed by our bodies but instead regulates good intestinal flora and boosts the immune system by feeding the probiotic bacteria( GOOD STUFF- NOT JUST IN YOGURT) .
It is usually made similarily to maple syrup using an evaporator and tastes similar to molasses , or caramelised sugar
GROSS WIKI FACT: In a study by Genta et al. it was shown that a daily intake of yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index when given to obese pre-menopausal women
mmm buttery : Lucuma Powder
Comes in a powder form and is derived from the lacuma fruit .
With benefits of being low in acidity ,low in sugar and contains an excellent source of fiber, B3, and minerals.beta-carotene, niacin, and iron
the taste is slightly butterscothy .. toffee-ness good for mixing into tea or coffee or smoothies
SHWEETNESS : Dates Syrup
mmm yes the finger licking caramel goodness … yes the fruit! it qualifies as a whole food.with only one ingredient in the syrup .. soaked /steeped/evaporated dates.. depending on if you make or buy it . similar texture and taste to molasses or dark agave.
is the least tooth achy sweet of all the syrups like maple and agave etc
contains potassium (more than boo-na-na’s!) , magnesium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6.
- 6 Ways You Unknowingly Consume Too Much Sugar (liveinthenow.com)
- Alternative Sweeteners for Raw Fooders (rawlivingfoods.typepad.com)
- Getting Rid of Sugar (itsprimalyall.wordpress.com)
- The truth about Agave nectars (pinoychizmiz.wordpress.com)
- How sweet it is – cloyingly, sickeningly sweet, even! (mymagicpill.wordpress.com)