Got a sweet tooth?
Can’t keep away from the sloppy Sugary rush?
Thinking about trying sweeteners or sugar?
Don’t worry, you are not alone and we are also your partner in this crime! The worst thing about sugar is weight gain owing to a high calorific value of sweet delights.
The worst is the case of diabetics for whom consuming sugar can prove to be quite a life-threatening in some cases.
The best possible solution for your predicament is switching to healthier natural sweeteners.
Those who could satisfy your craving without causing the unnecessary damage to your waistline and hiking those blood glucose levels.
We will introduce you to these four wonderful ingredients that tick all boxes right from low calories to high health meter!
1. Zero Calorie Stevia
Stevia comes from Stevia Rebaudiana and at times is referred to as ‘Candyleaf’ for good reason! Stevia happens to be the best substitute for sugar and top sweeteners.
For one, it has no calories and second it is much sweeter than sugar, studies say about 200 times sweeter than sugar!
It is native to South America and has been widely used as sweeteners there.
But the surprising fact is that Japan is the largest user and consumer of Stevia. In fact, a Japanese company was the first to create a commercial sweetener out of Stevia.
Stevia laden food does not lead to a spike on Blood sugar or Blood pressure levels.
Stevia has had its own fight and struggle with food authorities around the world were in the past it was banned owing to incomplete and insufficient data available.
But well all that is in the past, since then a number of countries and major beverage companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have embraced Stevia for its low-calorie property.
2. Hey Honey
Honey is good for you and in so many ways! It contains fructose, which is easier to digest and is absorbed far more quickly as compared to Glucose.
It is anti-bacterial in nature and thus provides relief if you are suffering from a throat infection. Honey is also known to improve the immunity of your body by thwarting free radicals from the body.
This is one sweetener, which provides its benefits on application as well!
Honey is considered a great moisturizer which does not make your oily skin and discourages acne and pimples. It gives your skin a taut and supple look by diminishing light wrinkles on regular application.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that help in faster healing and soothing cuts and ulcers.
3. Sugar Alcohol
Heard about Sugar-less chewing gums that claim to be good for your teeth as well health?
Well, the new breed of chewing gums is replacing sugar with a sugar alcohol like Erythritol, Xylitol and Malitol. These ingredients taste like sugar but do not have that kind of calories. They also do not raise blood sugar level because they convert glucose very slowly.
Amongst the Sugar Alcohol, Erythritol needs a special mention because it does not contain any calories! These sugar alcohols do not need a lot of insulin for metabolizing which makes them really easy to digest.
Studies also indicate that Xylitol and Erythritol are anti-oxidant in nature, do not have carcinogenic properties and help in fighting free radicals.
These alcohols are not as sweet as sugar, in fact, they are only about 70-80% sweet as compared to Sugar. At times, they are used with additives which take off the healthy edge they have over sugar.
4. Maple Syrup
The good old maple syrup it seems is not only great to taste but is definitely healthier than your average spoonful of sugar. So now you have excuses beyond flavoring pancakes to experience a little more of this delicious syrup.
But we would be quick to warn you that pure maple syrup is a little difficult to come by.
We suggest you always check the ingredients while buying it and yes, it does come with an expensive price tag when compared to the old sweet enemy Sugar.
Maple Syrup is a strong anti-oxidant which fights free radical, slows down the process of aging and is considered anti-Cancer as well.
Just like honey, Maple Syrup can be used in face packs to increase their potency. This syrupy delight is also believed to prevent bloating and indigestion which your usual processed sugar does. The high amount of zinc in maple syrup helps in combating the symptoms of cold as well.
So, here are our picks of healthy sweeteners that can replace the conventional sugar any day. These replacements are not only healthy but also taste good. In fact, they carry a distinct and desirable flavor of their own.
Especially if you are on a special dietary regime or a weight loss spree we recommend them strongly. But like we always say, if you do suffer from some ailment or condition, do check with your doctor before you make this shift.
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