Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Benefits of Natural Sweeteners

White sugar is devoid of ALL nutrients.

The only thing it offers is carbohydrates and calories, but even so, sugar is 100% nutritionally deficient. Weren't we meant to eat food for nutrients and health? Why do we eat white sugar?

Thinking about using natural sweeteners to replace sugar? Here some benefits to consider:
  • Molasses is high in nutrients like potassium, calcium and iron. Its rich flavor works well in sauces and baked goods.
  • Brown Rice Syrup contains complex carbohydrates as opposed to simple sugars and has a low glycemic index.
  • Date sugar is made by grinding dehydrated dates. Minimal processing means that all the nutrients and fiber remain intact. Date sugar contains folic acid and potassium.
  • Barley Malt is made from sprouted barley and is high in fiber, complex carbohydrates and potassium, and has a low glycemic index.
  • Maple sugar is dehydrated maple syrup, which contains amino acids, potassium, calcium, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid.
(-GloryBee Foods, 2009-2010, pg.32)

My mother-in-law sent me a bee-keeping magazine/catalog, knowing that I would be interested in the recipes, information about honey and other natural sweeteners inside. More to come!


Adriana and Kylie said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I'm in my third week or so of being sugar- and white flour-free, and your blog is a great source of inspiration and encouragement. I keep coming back looking for new, informative posts. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and learning here.

Alisa said...

Hmm, I haven't tried date or maple sugar. Sounds interesting. What are your thoughts on palm sugar?

We have switched to using liquid sweeteners, honey and maple syrup mostly (dates too). You can see where I am buying them on my blog www.onefrugalfoodie.com - (good deals lately!).