Sugar made from sugar cane is the type of sweetener that is most widely used. Almost every day we consume sugar, both in a mixture of dishes, drinks, to dessert. But we need to pay attention to the amount of sugar consumption in a day. The reason is, sugar is very quickly absorbed by the body and increases the glucose levels in the blood.
To avoid the risk of excessive glucose intake, you can replace sugar with other sweeteners that have a lower glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates consumed increase blood glucose. You may start to replace sugar that you usually use with the ingredients below for healthier life!
The nectar comes from the Mexican agave plant and has a far lower glycemic index than refined sugar. This equates to less of a spike in blood sugar levels, making agave nectar a far healthier option for diabetics. Make sure you choose a minimally processed version that only contains actual agave.
Raw honey packs tons of health benefits like enzymes, antioxidants, iron, and zinc. Raw, unpasteurized honey contains the greatest health benefits and has less of a glycemic index than a banana. As with other sweeteners, there’s a huge variety, so don’t assume all amber-colored liquids labeled “honey” are created equal. Grocery store versions may be watered down or full of added corn syrup.
Not just for a stack of pancakes, maple syrup can be used in place of regular sugar in cooking or for sweetening anything from your coffee to a savory dish.
Rich, dark grade B maple syrup is best, as it contains extra high doses of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, plus minerals like zinc and potassium.
Stevia is a plant-based sweetener and a favorite among those watching their sugar and calorie intake since it’s zero-calorie and super concentrated. Stevia is available in packets, liquid drops, and baking blends so it can be used as a sugar substitute for recipes and sweetening.
Dates are easily the least processed option out there for a delicious sugar alternative. Dates have roughly half the glycemic index as white sugar. Puree a few dates in a food processor and experiment with adding them to recipes as a sugar substitute.
Coconut sugar tastes and looks similar to refined sugar, but it boasts a much lower glycemic index. It comes from extracting sap from blooms on a coconut.
Coconut sugar also retains its naturally-occurring minerals and antioxidants. However, it does contain roughly the same amount of fructose as white sugar, gram for gram, so remember to go easy on the consumption.
Life should be sweet, and with these healthier alternatives to sugar, it can be! As with anything in life, moderation is key. When you need a special sweet treat now and again, don’t deprive yourself! Instead, know your options and opt for a healthier alternative.