I have a serious sweet tooth and I have several favorite foods that I like to taste sweet. I don’t like to use sugar, so I have found some alternatives that work well for me. Here are a few of them that I thought I would share:
|Honey||Honey is a natural sweetener and also offers many health benefits as well. You can add it to your coffee and tea in place of sugar. I grew up putting honey in my tea and didn’t realize people used sugar in their tea until I was older. The first time someone asked me if I wanted some sugar for my tea, I looked at them like they were crazy or from another planet. Then I found out that apparently, I was the weird one. Honey is good for digestion and is often consumed with milk in other countries for it’s skin smoothing properties. Consuming a tablespoon of Local Honey a day can aid in the onset of allergies. By using Local Honey, you are exposing yourself to the pollen in your local area and build up an immunity like you do with flu shot immunizations.|
|Agave Nectar||Agave nectar is great for people that do not like the taste of honey in their foods. Agave nectar sweetens foods just as honey does but leaves no taste. I prefer agave nectar for my coffee, because I am not a fan of honey flavored coffee. Agave nectar also has a lower glycemic index than honey. Honey has a glycemic index of 87 and agave nectar has a glycemic index of 27. Agave nectar is also easy to dissolve and can be dissolved into cold beverages or cold foods such as yogurt. Because it is sweeter than sugar, you can use less of it and it is less taxing on the body. A ¼ cup of agave nectar can replace 1 full cup of sugar in most recipes.|
|Stevia||Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from a plant/shrub that grows in many areas around the globe, but mainly in South America and Asia. Stevia has no calories, no carbs and no fat. Stevia is approved for use and labeling as a sweetener in most countries, but in the USA it is approved as a dietary supplement. Stevia is safe for use and has been researched and tested. You can find stevia under the labels Truvia and Stevita. I use Stevita when I want to add granules or want a sweetener with a powder consistency. I’ve only seen Stevita at natural grocery food stores and the Farmer’s Market. You can find Truvia in most major grocery food store chains and I have seen several commercials lately for this product.|
As always, I hope that helps (HIH)!