Whilst we know it may not be so good for us, recent reports that sugar should be regulated because it is toxic according to a report from Nature.com should ring alarm bells with the public and make us look for a natural sweet alternative. Don’t be stuck for choice. Take a look at these great tasting natural alternatives to sugar – which may even be good for you.
Honey is nature’s most natural and probably most powerful sweetener. Rich in vitamins such as B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and some amino acids, honey is high in antioxidants and a great energy booster. This is because it releases energy quickly, due to its glucose which is absorbed into the body fast. But unlike sugar, the fructose found in honey helps it to absorb more slowly, providing sustained energy. Enjoy in a yoghurt, drizzled on cereal or even in a cup of tea.
Molasses is a thick, honey-like substance made from processing cane or beet sugar. It is high in iron and just a spoonful can help with calcium absorption. Look for blackstrap molasses to receive the full effect and use them during cooking. You can use molasses in just about anything including savoury dishes. Try replacing sugar for molasses when making cakes or cookies for example, to give them a distinctive flavour.
Stevia is a sweet leaf herb which is commonly used by indigenous tribes in Paraguay, where it is believed to help in the battle against diabetes. This is because stevia can help to lower blood sugar levels in people with the disease. It’s also believed to be good for the digestive system, can inhibit bacteria growth and increase energy levels. Stevia also has zero calories and can supress cravings, meaning that it’s great for those on a diet.