Natural Sweeteners

The Truth About Sweeteners

Honey

The National Honey Board recommends it as a pantry staple. It contains about 69% glucose and fructose, making it an excellent alternative to sugar. It does not go wrong. It will crystallize and becomes more robust as it ages. To revive it, put the jar in a pot of hot water.

Maple Syrup

Sugar maple trees produce maple syrup. Sugar maple trees are common to North America. People usually enjoy maple syrup on pancakes or waffles, but you can also use it in smoothies and sauces. Plus, you may use it as a healthy alternative to white sugar.

Pure maple syrup contains zinc and potassium. Maple sugar can give the body the energy it needs to prevent cancer, improve digestion, keep skin young,  and reduce stress.

 Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut palm. It retains quite a bit of the nutrient found in the coconut palm, while white sugars are empty calories and lack nutrients. Coconut sugar contains minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants.

It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption. This may explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.  Thus, coconut sugar may be a better alternative for people who have sugar-related health conditions.

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