Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Apr 30, 2018 | Wellness | 0 comments

One of the things I am asked about the most as a nutritional therapy student and health coach, is healthy sugar substitutes.

“Surely honey must be healthy as it’s natural?”, I hear people say.

Well, although that is partly true, it isn’t as straightforward as we may wish, or think.  There’s definitely more to it.  We must remember that regardless of what form of sugar we choose to consume—it is still sugar—and must be treated as such and consumed moderately.

But again, it goes deeper than this.

So here’s a list of some of the better sugar replacement options out there—and some of the ones that should be avoided.

Click on the below links to get to the section you’re interested in, or read the whole article and walk away even more aware of our friendly and sometimes not so friendly “sweeties”.

Honey is better than sugar

Honey has a lot going for it in some regards.

It contains amino acids, electrolytes and antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds that can support your health.

It may also help relieve allergy symptoms, specifically with hayfever, as the bees feast on the local pollen, which in turn can help you develop natural immunity over time.

To get these extra benefits, you should consume raw (unprocessed) local honey.

But…

Yes, there is a but.

Whichever way you cut it; honey is still sugar. It may be a natural version of it as opposed to sugar cubes, but sugar it is nonetheless—and it will behave as such when it enters your body. And it will spike your blood sugar levels exactly as “normal” sugar would.

So be mindful of that, dear friends.

Health benefits of dates instead of sugar

Dates are a popular ingredient in many paleo based or natural sugar-free bars because of its natural sweetness.

The good news is that they have the highest nutritional benefit of all natural sweeteners because they contain minerals like selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium. As well as provides fibre to slow down the speed at which the sugars hit your bloodstream.

Thanks for that mother nature.

Medjool dates have been heavily featured in many trendy recipe books. These are sweeter and tend to be softer than regular dates. These are super delicious and fun to cook with!

However, dates, too, raises blood sugar levels and trigger insulin release.

So again, be mindful of that and consume it moderately.

Maple syrup substitute for sugar

This is one of the best sugar substitutes—if you must use one—because it contains 24 different antioxidants, which are helpful in the fight against cell-damaging free radicals.

While studies show that maple syrup does not spike your blood sugar levels as much as its sugary relatives, it is still wise to use it sparingly.

Look for grade A (lighter in flavour) or B (nutritionally better and with a more intense flavour).

Avoid maple flavoured syrups as these are not the same as the above.

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar has become very trendy of late and brings a lovely caramel flavour to your food.

It is perfect for baking and has a lesser impact on your blood sugar levels than its unwholesome relative table sugar has.

But remember that it’s still sugar, so try not to overuse it.

Palmyra Jaggery

You may not have heard of this one, but it’s the crystallised nectar collected from the flower of the Palmyra palm.

You use it in the same way you would with sugar, but you can normally reduce the amount needed by up to half.

Yep, you only need a little, it still does its sweetening duty!

It’s packed with B vitamins and has much lower GL than table sugar.

With love,

Anna x

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