Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you probably would have noticed the rampant media attention on sugar of late! There is no doubt this debate will be an ongoing one, and there definitely are some convincing aspects to both sides. The rise of sugar-free diets has definitely resulted in more interest in natural sweeteners. Many of these we have had around Honest to Goodness for a while now…good to see everyone is catching up, ha ha!
We prefer to go naturally sweet here! But if you are considering the sugar-free road, here are some easy ways to live a naturally sweet life with No Nasties Added!
Organic Agave Syrup
A natural low GI sweetener from the Agave plant, a large spikey plant that resembles a cactus or a yucca found in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico! This delicious golden coloured syrup is composed of 90% fructose sugars and 10% glucose sugars. Because fructose appears sweeter to the human brain than granulated sugar, less is needed to achieve the same level of sweetness and fewer the calories consumed.
In recipes, use about 25% less of this nectar than table sugar. While agave is best recognised as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in food and is fast becoming the preferred sweetener of diabetics, health conscious consumers, doctors, and natural foods cooks alike. More on Organic Agave Syrup…
Organic Arenga Palm Sugar
A natural low GI sugar, rich in colour with a sweet full bodied taste, nutty notes and caramel overtones. Arenga palm sugar is nature’s healthier alternative to refined sugars or artificial sweeteners with the lowest GI of all natural sugars.
Palm sugar is a traditional ingredient in South East Asian cuisine, which is becoming increasingly popular in all cultures, mainly due to its natural properties and low glycaemic index. Palm sugar can be used as a beverage sweetener and used widely in Asian sweets, desserts, curries and sauces. More on this eco-friendly fair trade product from the Masarang Foundation here…
Organic Rice Syrup
Another alternative to regular sweetners when baking or as a spread on toast, waffles or pancakes. Rice syrup is mildly sweet (not as sweet as honey or sugar) and has a long shelf life! Organic Rice Syrup online…
Also known as Stevia Rebaudianna, this naturally derived herbal product has been used for centuries. This high-intensity sweetener derived from the stevia leaf is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar! Stevia is an all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycaemic index. These attributes make stevia a good alternative to sugar or chemical sweeteners. Stevia is commonly used as an alternative to sugar in coffees and teas, but can also be used in cooking and baking. Our Organic Stevia here…
Organic Black Strap Molasses
Molasses is a thick syrup with a strong flavour, a by product of sugar cane production. This rich coloured syrup is rich in nutrients, particular B Vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium! Check out our Organic Gingerbread Biscuits recipe using molasses!
Organic Coconut Nectar
This concentrated sweetener is extracted from the sap of the coconut blossom tree! This has a delicious mild sweet taste, with surprisingly no distinct coconut flavour. Like many natural sweeteners, the natural nutrients are retained from the coconut sap, high in potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and B Vitamins. You use this as you would any other syrup as a sweetener, in baking or cooking. New certified organic coconut nectar arriving soon at H2G!
Healthy food tips to enjoy life, without the added sugar!
Some simple swaps will see you on your way…
- Add ground cinnamon to your morning porridge instead of sugar.
- Try avocado or ricotta on toast instead of honey or jam.
- At the movies, swap your choc top for some hot popcorn.
- Sunday mornings…enjoy eggs on toast instead of pancakes.
What are your views on the sugar-free movement? If you have some awesome naturally sweet food ideas, please share!!