If you’re seeking less of a sugar high as well as a crash or just a chance to add a new and different flavor to your dessert, sugar substitutes (sweeteners) like raw honey, stevia, dates, coconut sugar, and maple syrup are all great options.
Why add sweeteners to your cooking or baking? Everyone thinks that sugar only adds the sweetness to a recipe, but it also leavens baked goods. Thus contributing to browning and adds crispness and chewiness. Furthermore, sugar helps in keeping the baked goods moist by drawing moisture from the air into the products.
Here is a list of the seven best tasting sugar substitutes for cooking.
Raw honey has many health benefits since its more of food than sugar and contain amino acids that can support the overall health of your body. You can apply it to your bread or replace sugar cubes to put in your tea or coffee, with pure raw honey.
Also, if you have chest or sneezing problems in the morning, take one tablespoon in the morning and another one before you sleep. Honey is known for reducing allergy symptoms. Honey is a local pollen, and the more you consume it, the more you’re going to adapt to that local pollen, thus creating an allergic resistance.
Adding raw honey to your meal instead of refined sugar increases your immunization against morning sicknesses like colds and flu. Apply it to an open wound to prevent infections since it has antimicrobial properties.
Use raw honey when making your gluten-free pancakes, add it to your smoothie or tea to sweeten it up.
Stevia is the best sweetener to use especially if you have blood sugar issues such as diabetes or if you’re overweight since it has no calories.
There are many brands of stevia, but I would recommend you try out the Sweet Leaf. It’s very natural, delicious, and healthy. Apart from brands, stevia has different flavors such as chocolate stevia, pumpkin pie spice stevia, chocolate raspberry stevia, and vanilla stevia.
Stevia has no sugar involved, and this makes it the perfect sweetener for someone with diabetes or some looking to shed weight fast.
Dates are sugar substitutes with the highest nutrient value. Its high in fiber, potassium, minerals, and other vitamins.
That fiber in dates makes the absorption of sugar in the body to be minimized, and thus sugar is regulated in the entire body.
Dates as a sugar substitute help in flushing out toxins because of the potassium, it decreases cholesterol levels, boosts energy, and relieves constipation.
If you’re seeking for a sugar substitute that is non-toxic, no-GMO, vegan, unrefined, then the coconut sugar is what to use.
It has potassium which helps in the removal of toxins from the body and has many other health benefits. Use coconut sugar as a replacement for actual table sugar especially in pies, cookies, and baking.
Maple syrup is a fantastic sweetener that has a natural flavor that you can use when making waffles and pancakes. It has many benefits like antioxidant properties which reduces inflammation of the body and reduce chances of being diagnosed with chronic diseases.
Xylitol is a natural substance used as a sweetener, and it falls in the class of polyols (sugar alcohols). It has chemical structures that are similar to those of sugar and alcohol. Xylitol is found in fibers of many vegetables and fruits. If you want to control sugar cravings and dental cavities, the Xylitol is the best sugar sweetener to substitute for the table sugar.
Erythritol is another sugar alcohol used as a natural sweetener that occurs naturally in plants such as watermelon, grapes, pears, wine, sake, and soy sauce. The primary health benefit of this sugar alcohol is that it does not cause tooth decay. Erythritol is best sugar substitutes for those trying to lose weight since it has fewer calories as compared to table sugar.
If you want to lose weight, substituting your refined sugar with a sweetener is a step in the right direction. Why is that? Refined sugar has about 220 grams of sugar and 774 calories. The way to lose weight is to minimize the intake of sugar and calories. So, use sugar substitutes for cooking, and you’re sure you’ll be taking less of calories and sugar, and hence you’ll lose weight naturally.