Table Sugar or Sucrose is the crystalline graduals that is used and over used to sweeten a large portion of our everyday foods as well as our drinks and pastries. This yummy evil is a carbohydrate, and while we do need carbs for energy we certainly can get it from healthier sources. Carbohydrates are found in healthier alternatives such as whole grains, fruits and veg. So, other than to satisfy our greedy sweet tooth, there is nothing good about table sugar.
Table sugar can be addictive; it has been called out as the main culprit behind diseases and disorders such as diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, toxicity, IBS, diarrhea, premature aging, sluggish metabolism and heart decease. Yes it’s true, cookies, cakes, soda, ice cream and all the other sweet treats tastes oh sooo good, but it really isn’t worth destroying our health over? No. Lucky for us though that we do not have to search very hard to find healthy alternatives to sugar and sucrose splattered foods. However, much like everything else in life, these healthy sweets should also be consumed in moderation.
A Few Healthier Alternatives to Table Sugar:
- Honey: No, I am not talking about the low quality, over processed un-honey living in the bear shaped bottle. I am talking about raw unrefined honey. Untouched honey not only tastes like heaven, it also comes with an impressive list of health benefits. In addition to satisfying our sweet tooth, raw honey influences the growth of healthy bacteria, calms the digestive tract, build our immunity, jump starts our metabolism and breaks up mucus.
- Brown Rice Syrup: This fiber rich syrup has a lightly sweetened taste; it is perfect for lightly sweetening teas and pastries. Brown rice syrup is low on the glycemic index and also contains beneficial potassium.
- Xylitol: Xylitol is a substance derived from certain fruits and vegetables, it mimics sugar in looks and in taste but that it pretty much where the resemblance end. Xylitol is one of the superstars of health, it is used in toothpastes and mouthwashes to kill bacteria and promote good oral hygiene. It breaks up mucus and can be used in just about everything that you would normally use sugar. Xylitol is diabetic safe and a wonderful promoter of oral health and natural allergy relief.
- Date Sugar: Date sugar is another great alternative to sugar; it is high in fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium and polyphenols. It is a lot sweeter than sugar so you don’t need to use as much. Date sugar is best used in bake goods as it does not fully dissolve in liquid.
- Carob: I use carob as a chocolate alternative a lot; it contains fiber, calcium and magnesium. I really do not think it tastes like chocolate, but it is yummy and does an awesome job of hitting that demanding sweet tooth.
- Faux-Coconut Sugar: True coconut sugar puts the whole coconut at risk of death and ill health, instead of using coconut sugar, make your own faux variety. Check out our simple recipe here.