Alternative sugar can sweeten our food and drink, helps to elevate our moods, without any of the drawbacks of sugar (sucrose). . Examples of healthy alternative sugar is polyalcohol sugar, stevia, raw honey and agave. These replace sugar is easier for the body to digest and does not trigger insulin reactions. With the exception of raw honey, these alternative sugars are also lower in calories than sugar.
Polyalcohol sugar as sorbitol, mannitol has, malitol and xylitol been used by diabetics for years as alternative sugar. Sorbitol occurs naturally in berries, grapes, plums, and pears. Mannitol is in marine algae and fresh mushrooms, while malitol is found in starch of corn. Xylitol is derived from birch wood pulp. All are produced commercially from dextrose.
Most importantly, do not these alternative sugar does not trigger a reaction insulin and contains half the calories of sugar. Polyalcohol sugar usually does not have side effects. However sorbitol also a natural laxative and have been known to cause bloating and diarrhea.
The herb stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) has been used as an alternative sugar for centuries in South America and is now popular in Japan. There are more than 200 times sweeter than sugar, but unlike raw honey and fructose in agave, it is naturally low in carbohydrates.
Stevia is sold in the US as a dietary supplement in liquid or powder form and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. It is a preferred alternative sugar in baking and has few calories. Using Stevia is useful in overcoming the craving for sugar.
Raw, untreated honey a healthy alternative to refined sugar. It is digested easier than sugar, and are rich in amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, even though it is higher in carbohydrates than sugar.
Raw honey produced by an enzyme in the nectar that bees collect. Unpasteurized honey containing glucose, fructose, maltose and sucrose. It is sweeter than sugar by volume, and is highly glycemic, which means that it can nail glucose levels quickly. This is useful for strenuous physical activity. But for mild activity, choosing a different option sugar with a lower glycemic index, stevia, is preferable.
Agave is a sweet syrup derived from purified juice of blue agave plant, a South American cactus. Raw agave nectar is easily digestible and contains various nutrients, minerals and enzymes beneficial to the body. In addition to fructose and glucose, it comprises about 10 percent inulin which helps control blood sugar.
Agave is sometimes called “honey water” and is light in color and flavor. Sweeter than honey, it has a very low glycemic index. For this reason and because of inulin it contains, not agave does not raise blood sugar levels. Agave is a good alternative sugar for diabetics and all sensitive to sugar.