Is sugar killing us? Why not choose an alternative to sugar?
Well, at least it is contributing to a lot of health problems.
There are quite some risks involved in eating refined white sugar, like obesity, diabetes, sugar dependency, just to name a few.
I decided to reduce this “sweetener” quite a while ago in my healthy vegetarian diet.
I have come so far, that the last time a neighbor wanted to borrow some sugar, I really had to think if I still have some at home.
Sugar cubes I did find some, stacked away in a corner, that I saved for my in-laws and guests who still “need” sugar.
Americans consumed about 11 million metric tons of sugar between 2018 and 2019( full report on statista) and this has been steadily increasing.
You find sugar everywhere, in sodas, baked goods, savory foods like pasta sauce and potato chips, just to name a few. It really is amazing were you find sugar…
Alternative to sugar ( refined white) can be a great way to satisfy your desire for sweetness.
The ideal alternative to sugar will vary from one situation to the next.
You will have to experiment a bit around at times to find out which alternative fits to what.
Here are some of the alternatives of sugar that you can use in a healthy vegetarian diet.
Alternative to sugar
It is derived from a plant and it doesn’t spike the body’s blood sugar to the degree that white sugar does.
You can find Stevia in powder form or liquid form.
There are several companies out there that offer it, and they do differ in tastes.
You will have to test some of them to see which ones you like the best.
In liquid form it can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
So, although it might be more expensive then sugar, it does last a lot longer.
To be honest: I just love stevia.
I found the right one for me, and I will never change back to refined white sugar. There is just no need for it.
My “sweet tooth” is a 100% satisfied with it.
This is a classic option. It does have slightly more calories than sugar, but its strong flavor means that a little goes a long way.
Honey also has a lot of health benefits: it has antibacterial properties, especially in its raw form.
Brown rice syrup and maple syrup:
These two make great lower-calorie sweeteners.
Brown rice syrup you find in many natural and health food brand granola and snack foods. It is made by cooking brown rice until it turns into syrup.
Maple syrup is a time-tested topping for pancakes and waffles, but using a tablespoon or two to sweeten all kinds of baked goods.
Fruit and fruit products:
If you want to replace table sugar entirely, then use ripe fruit or fruit products like apple sauce or jams, just be careful for added sugar!
With these you can add that subtle sweetness to a baked good or plain yogurt snack.
For a healthy vegetarian diet I strongly suggest to choose an alternative to sugar ,reduce, or even better: eliminate white refined sugar as a whole from your diet.