What’s Wrong With Cooking With Sugar And What’s The Best Alternative To Try?
Cutting our sugar intake also helps to reduce our risk of being overweight or obese, developing diabetes, cancer, tooth decay and even heart disease. Sugar is addictive. With this in mind finding alternatives to sugar is preferable. Artificial sweeteners are non-natural chemicals and should be avoided. Sweetening substitutes, even natural ones, should be considered occasional ‘treats’. Moderation is key. If you want to use substitutes with the least amount of processing that add nutritional value AND sweetness to your cooking, experiment with naturally sweet fruit and vegetables. Try mashed sweet potato, banana or apple. Dates provide sweetness and a sticky texture but should be used in very limited quantities. Instead of sugar-laden spreads, try making your own jam with raspberries, chia seeds and one date. Preferred plant-based sweeteners include xylitol and stevia. Xylitol is a good choice and does not have too adverse an impact on our own blood sugar levels.
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