Everyone is talking about the dangers of sugar, it’s not even about the extra pounds.
Sugar increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, disrupts metabolism and weakens the immune system. Sugar also causes premature skin aging and acne. It is enough to give up a harmful product just for a week, and already there will be noticeable changes. And since not everyone will decide to give up sweets, let’s figure out what it can be replaced without harm to health.
If you can’t imagine tea without sweets or sugar, try dried fruit. Prunes, dates, figs, raisins, mangoes and others are also ideal for making compotes, muffins, homemade candies and cookies. Keep in mind that dried fruits contain fructose, they are quite caloric. But still better than sugar!
Maple syrup is made from the juice of the sugar maple tree. It is very popular in Canada and the United States, where it is used not only as a sweet additive to baked goods and tea, but also as an ingredient in the preparation of meat and vegetable dishes. The problem is that you have to look for it in stores, not every store has it.
Honey is an ideal product for replacing sugar: absolutely natural, containing a lot of useful substances. Buckwheat, linden, flower, and acacia honey are excellent substitutes for sugar, including for baked goods and candy. Some people even manage to add it to coffee instead of sugar! Keep in mind that some people are allergic to honey, it’s not suitable for everyone.
Syrup from topinambour
Topinambour, or ground pear, can be added to baked goods, porridges, dairy products, or used to sweeten coffee or tea. Of all natural sweeteners, topinambour syrup has the lowest glycemic index (except for the stevia herb), which means it can be safely consumed by diabetics. Topinambour syrup has a beautiful honey color and is prepared at low temperatures, so it preserves all the useful substances and vitamins.
Maltose syrup is a sugary starch product that is obtained from corn flour. It is widely used in the food industry in the manufacture of children’s and dietary food, in brewing and winemaking. Also maltose syrup may well replace sugar in cooking jams and sweeten pastries.
The stevia plant, believed to be native to Paraguay, has amazing properties. This is a fairly ordinary, unassuming herb, whose leaves have a sweet taste. In fact, stevia is much sweeter than regular sugar, all thanks to the unique glycoside stevioside. Stevioside is by far the sweetest known natural glycoside. Stevia comes in a variety of forms: dried leaves, tablets, powder, extracts, and tinctures.