Sweeteners: Episode 5

‘A Good Cook is Like A Sorceress Who Dispenses Happiness”

– Elsa Schiaparelli

Sweeteners are an essential part of your pantry. Your pantry should include honey, maple syrup, and sucanat. Optional items are coconut sugar.

Honey

Bees make honey! Honey is made from nectar. In an article I read, it was said that “Bees collect the diluted-sugary nectar of flora plants, produce an enzymatic activity after ingestion, regurgitate it into honey cells and evaporate a high percentage of the water out of it, thus producing a super-sweet viscous liquid known as 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 is a food that can last forever! It does not go bad. You don’t have to refrigerate honey. It will crystallize and becomes more solid as it ages. To revive it, put the jar in a pot of hot water.

Honey is used in Ayurvedic treatments and has many health benefits. Scientists are researching its benefits, particularly in the healing of wounds. Honey contains flavonoids, and antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. The research shows that honey treatments may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.”

Athletes can use honey to enhance their performance. “Studies have shown that its superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time, more so than other sweeteners.”

We lived for honey. We swallowed a spoonful in the morning to wake us up and one at night to put us to sleep. We took it with every meal to calm the mind, give us stamina, and prevent fatal disease. We swabbed ourselves in it to disinfect cuts or heal chapped lips. It went in our baths, our skin cream, our raspberry tea and biscuits. Nothing was safe from honey honey was the ambrosia of the gods and the shampoo of the goddesses.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Honey, it is an ambrosia! Try some in fresh lemon tea.

Cheers!

Maple Syrup


Maple syrup is produced by sugar maple trees. 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 in 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, improve metabolism, improve brain function, improve strong bones, and reduce stress. The zinc protects the heart muscles and blood vessels to keep the heart healthy.

It has many countless benefits!

Cheers!

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut palm. It retains quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm, while white sugars are empty calories and lack nutrients. Coconut sugar contain 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. These factors make it a healthier choice than white sugar as a large amount of coconut sugar would need to be consumed to get the same satisfaction as table sugar.

Thus, coconut sugar may be a better alternative for people who have sugar related health conditions.

Cheers!