Natural sweeteners and their benefits, or not?
Natural sweeteners are moving the world, people believe they are healthier and more beneficial than regular table sugar. Today we are going to have a look at some of the favourites around the world.
These days, there is a big amount of sugary foods on every corner. They are full of white sugar which is not the best choice for our body.
So if you already are or you are just starting to take proper care of yourself, here are few natural sweeteners, in addition, to learn about healthy food.
Does everyone be craving for something sweet now and then, especially for this reason why don’t make the healthier choice? By choosing what we got from nature. As everything, each of them has positive and negatives. Let’s have closer look!
Processed from the leaf of stevia plant which is native to South America. This herb derivative has no effect on blood sugar levels, insulin signalling and triglyceride formation.
Studies have even shown the stevia leaf to have a beneficial at improving cellular insulin and reducing the risk of type II diabetes and high blood pressure. One of the ways to use it is in the liquid dropper, which you can find without any other sweeteners added. You can find it in a variety of flavours like vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon or hazelnut.
Syrup, extracted from the roots of the Yacon plant, which grows throughout the Andes mountains. Yacon plant has a long history of being used for medical purposes in South America.
It is rich in prebiotic fibres (40-50%) which are undigestible by the body but feed healthy gut bacteria. Yacon does contain a small amount of sugar through fructose and glucose.
The use of Yacon syrup has been shown to reduce obesity and insulin resistance. You can purchase it easily online and it won’t cost you a lot.
Organic, Raw honey
Honey should be always consumed in moderation, because of its high percentage of fructose (53%). Honey does contain a lot of minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium. These are critical for healthy cellular insulin sensitivity and blood sugar balance.
Raw honey is also really rich in antioxidants and enzymes. The exact type of anti-oxidants in raw honey helps reduce oxidative stress in the body and helps for better enzyme activity.
Finding a local honey producer is the best option, but if you can not find one there is a variety of option for Raw honey to purchase online.
A sweetener made from Maple trees and nowadays 80% of production comes from the province of Quebec in Canada.
Maple syrup does provide plenty of minerals, especially magnesium and zinc, but it is packed with sugar. Keep that in mind. High consummation of this syrup may be leading cause of some of the world’s biggest health problems including obesity, type II diabetes and heart diseases.
You can purchase maple syrup in most of the shops across the UK and prices vary on the quality of the syrup.
This is a very low glycemic liquid sweetener, also called coconut sugar.
It has a low glycemic index (35) and a low fructose level at 10%. It contains minerals like zinc, iron, calcium and potassium.
The amount of minerals is not big, but it is high in calories. It is very similar to regular table sugar, although it has a small number of nutrients. If you are going to use it, use it sparingly.
Overall, natural sweeteners are a better choice, than regular table sugar. But all of them should be used in moderation, so it doesn’t have a bad effect on our body and health.
Did you know we use only natural sweeteners in our yummy cakes? Have a look and try them today!