Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

Happy Sweet Tooth; How to Choose Healthy Sweeteners

In continuing my series on sweeteners, I’m providing more information to help you make the best choices when it comes to sweeteners.

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the herb stevia. I recommend Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme.  I don’t recommend Truvia; it’s made of rebiana, erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and natural flavors. Rebiana is derived from a specific part of the stevia plant using a highly refined process.

Coconut nectar When the coconut tree is tapped it produces a nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic (GI of 35). It is an abundant source of minerals, amino acids, vitamin C,  and B vitamins. It virtually has a neutral pH.

Coconut sugar is produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm.  It has a GI of 35.

Birch sugar is made from birch tree bark, which is xylitol—a sugar alcohol. The Ultimate Sweetener is a good brand. It looks like sugar and has a GI index of 50, somewhat lower than sugar.

Raw local honey is different from the average store bought honey. Using pasteurized honey, which you find in most stores, is as unhealthy as consuming refined sugar.   Raw honey is different because it has not been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way, and therefore contains many valuable benefits.

Pure maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. Use it very sparingly because it is about two thirds sucrose (which is table sugar).

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