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4 Better Substitutes For Sugar

4 Better Substitutes For Sugar

(Make sure to read…  3 Artificial Sweeteners and other sugars…The worst thing you can do to your body…  first)!

 

#1  Coconut Sugar or Palm Sugar

This is one of my favourite sugar substitutes…(Palm sugar is made from the sap of sugar palm tree, also called ‘date palm; and coconut sugar comes from coconut tree flowers – but both great NATURAL sweeteners and make great substitutes for sugar)

It is classified as a low glycemic index food, so it has been very popular among diabetics.  It’s gaining mainstream popularity all the time.  It is considered to be much healthier than white sugar and brown sugar.  So, one of the GREATEST substitutes for sugar!
Coconut sugar is a rich source of:

–potassium,
–magnesium,
–zinc,
–iron,
–Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6

The coconut sap has a very high content of Glutamine and Inositol as well.

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First, Glutamine has been shown to be a great treatment of serious illnesses and related-side-effects of cancer as well as in wound healing (reduces healing time)

As for Inositol, it is the highest amount of all the vitamins found in the coconut sap (where coconut sugar comes from).

Inositol has been known to relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

The most interesting benefit of theses are,  iInositol’s effects on the central nervous system and its role in the development of healthy cells.

Because of this, it is recommended as a treatment for:

–anxiety,
–depression,
–bipolar mood disorder,
–obsessive compulsive disorder
–panic disorders.

Evidence also shows that it has been useful in treating other mood disorders and neuro-psychological disorders.
Bring on the coconut sugar!!!!  One of my favourite substitutes for sugar.

(Wow… hard to imagine that these substitutes for sugar have so many great health benefits.)


#2 Organic RAW honey 

In our opinion this is medicine for your body.   Raw Organic honey is one of the best substitutes for refined sugar you can use.   It has been known for centuries as “liquid gold”.
But beware!  If you are buying honey from your local grocery store, chances are it’s the ‘fake’ kind….yes, even if it says “pure”!

Most honey available on the market is processed with heat and filtered through a fine filter paper.

Pasteurizing honey destroys enzymes and vitamins while removing protein-rich pollen.
This pasteurization process ensures that the honey remains liquid for a very long time.
(Coming up:  a great article on the benefits of bee pollen!)

When it finally starts to granulate, the crystals begin to form at the bottom of the jar.

This is a sure sign that the honey has been refined and processed.

The best way to buy honey when looking for substitutes for sugar, is to look for LOCAL / Organic and RAW/ unpasteurized honey…and buy it :)
Just like most foods, try to buy local any chance you can…

I really can’t even begin to mention all the wonderful properties raw honey has in this short article.  I will be writing a separate post about this soon.

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Just a couple of wonderful things that make this one of the best sweeteners to use.

Raw honey  has natural enzymes and many, many healing properties.
This (and much more) makes it a phenomenal substitute for sugar.

I think it’s important to note that honey will affect your blood sugar levels.
Also, it’s recommended not to feed honey to children under 2.

Local RAW honey can even help with allergies.

On the list of substitutes for sugar, this is one of the best.

#3 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is believed by many health experts to be a great substitutes for sugar.  Has many, many great natural properties and ingredients including minerals and enzymes.

 

 

#4 FRUIT 

Fruit contains natural sugar.  Our family uses certain fruit in many things we want sweetened.

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TIP 1  Dates are an AMAZING substitutes to sugar, especially in muffins and baking :)  I’ve recently tried DATES in smoothies and WOW!   Talk about an energy boost!  I rarely need to add any other sweetener to anything I eat.

TIP 2:  If you have constant sugar cravings, (like I used to), it’s because of an imbalance going on in the brain.
The key is to fix that first…this is done by nutrition and eating foods that satisfy the part of the brain that needs it.

Cravings exist because our BRAIN isn’t satisfied, not because our stomach isn’t full!!

 

 

 

“2nd Class sugar substitutes”….the jury is out on these ones….


Brown Rice Syrup

This natural substitutes for sugar comes from Brown rice, obviously.

Brown rice is simply white rice that has the bran intact.

This is why many say it’s a much better source of fiber (and therefore perhaps a better substitutes for sugar)

Besides the fiber, bran contains nutrients:

–magnesium,
– manganese
– zinc

As for taste?  It has a nutty flavour.
***Recently there have been report coming out on arsenic levels, even in organic products that contain brown rice syrup products…I will keep you posted.

 

Xylitol (and Stevia) 

These are both ‘natural’ substitutes for sugar.  They can be used in baking, cooking, coffee, etc.

I have heard that if you mix these two you have a perfect substitute (taste wise) for regular sugar.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in vegetables and fruit.  It’s also in corn on the cob and various hardwood trees.  Even though it occurs naturally, it can still be refined and processed depending on the source.

It’s been said that using Xylitol:

–inhibits yeast growth (opposite of refined white or brown sugar which feeds yeast)
–hardly any effect on blood sugar and insulin levels
–dentist use it in products because it’s been proven to inhibit cavities and plaque and helps tooth enamel
These two ingredients are use as sugar substitutes.


Miel de Agave (and organic agave nectar)
 

First, I want to mention that our family has stopped using any form of Agave.  There’s just too much misinformation and ‘unknowns’  about it.

If you’re going to consume Agave, make sure your Agave is certified organic and as clear as possible (lighter in colour the better). Agave enters your blood stream very slowly and is safe for most diabetics (most of the time).
It’s made from agave cactus which is also used to make tequila :)
Agave nectars are NOT made equally.  Most on the market today are processed and contain high-fructose.
(See this article on Agave:  Is Agave Nectar bad for you?)
Regular agave nectar (especially the super dark one) should not be considered natural.  It’s highly processed and even burned (hence the dark colour)…definitely not one of the best substitutes for sugar.

 

I would definitely check with your physician before consuming any of these substitutes for sugar on this list :)   Although most MD’s are not aware of the wonderful world of natural sweeteners and sugar substitute!!!

 

Try the 3 better substitutes for sugar at the top of this article next time you need something sweetened!

Also read on the horrible effects of other sugars here:  3 Artificial Sweeteners and other sugars…The worst thing you can do to your body)

And this great article by Dr. Kelly Vanslyke:   Diabetes: A Disease? Or Innate Intellegence working at it’s best?

Have you tried baking with any of these?
Also, what have you tried something that’s NOT on this list?

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