Nutrition tips – Natural Sweeteners
Nutrition tips for natural sweeteners. Many of us have a taste for sweet and sugary foods, it’s a very common thing amongst modern people, however many sweet treats have ingredients that are not always beneficial to ones health.
As our society has become more health conscious, we have come up with amazing healthy and natural alternatives to processed sugars. Often these alternatives were used in ancient times when cane sugar was not readily available to everyone.
Grape Syrup Sugar
Natural grape sugar, unlike disaccharides (beet and cane sugar sucrose, etc.), consists of dextrose monosaccharide – therefore, it does not cause fermentation processes and is absorbed more efficiently by the body.
By maintaining the level of glucose in the blood, grape sugar ensures the functioning of the cells of the central nervous system and the stability of the cells of the body as a whole.
Unlike honey and other natural sugar substitutes, liquid grape sugar has a neutral taste and is completely raw and hypoallergenic – it can be added to any dish while maintaining its original taste. Due to its liquid consistency, it is convenient to use it in cold dishes.
A healthy delicacy and the best medicine. Raw honey is perhaps one of the most ancient inventions of nature, which is still used in its original form. Even children know about its value. Honey contains more than 300 trace elements, the entire known vitamin complex and many valuable acids that are involved in metabolism.
It also contains a powerhouse of phytonutrients, has antibacterial and anti fungal properties, and is a good source of antioxidants, making it a perfect a
What are the most important factors that ensure good quality honey? Of course, its environmental friendliness and compliance with all the natural methods of honey making.
Chicory syrup is a natural sweetener that has recently become more popular. It is low GI and has a high fibre content, as well as being a good source of nutrition.
The syrup has a unique flavour that is a wonderful addition to sweeten desserts, pancakes, yogurt, drinks and cakes. A unique aspect of this syrup is that it is in part able to replace fat in cooking, which means that when baking with it, you don’t only reduce your sugar intake but also your fat intake too.
Jerusalem Artichoke Syrup
Jerusalem artichoke also known as topinambur is a plant in the sunflower family that is used to make a natural sugar substitute. This syrup can withstand higher temperatures than its similar natural sweetener honey, which means it can be used in cooking and hot drinks without losing its nutritional value. It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are essential to the body such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, vitamins A, C and E, lysine, threonine and methionine.
The syrup is a natural prebiotic that restores healthy intestinal microflora, promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms and thereby increasing the immunity of the body.
Date syrup is an ancient sweetener that has been traced as far back as Mesopotamia and is often referred to as ‘date honey’. Although this natural sweetener has been around for thousands of years, it is a more recent tread in a lot of health communities around the world.
It is made with just two ingredients – dates and water, which are blended together and then filtered. Date syrup has the same health benefits that dates do, making it a healthy natural sweetener. It is free of cholesterol, sodium, saturated and trans fats and high in minerals that are beneficial to the heart such as magnesium and potassium.
The syrups include water extracts of the spring cedar green (cedar “paws”), which is composed of polysaccharides and flavonoids. Polysaccharides serve as a building material for strengthening blood vessels, renewal, and formation of the walls of cell membranes of all tissues (including nervous) in the human body.
According to scientists from Yekaterinberg, Cedar syrup increases the human body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections, strengthens the immune system and stabilises the nervous system. Cinnamon is known for its anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, allspice for its anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties, and lastly, cloves for their anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties. In other words – a healing power house of ingredients for the change of season.
Nutrition tips: Natural Sweets
Have you tried some of our sweet treats that contain natural sweeteners?
- Cedar Syrups
- Candies with Chicory and Jerusalem Artichoke Syrup
- Cedar Breakfasts
- Cedar Honey Bars
- Sunflower Halva with Grape Syrup
Natural sweets are much better than processed sugars – it is a way for us to enjoy sweet treats without as many negative side effects. However, it is important to note that even high amounts of healthy sweets is not good for the body. It is always important to maintain a balanced diet.
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