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Replace white sugar

Remedies / Published on 14 / 06 / 2022

Everyone now knows that white sugar is of no nutritional value. But why do we still find it everywhere? Well because it's a cheap ingredient that can enhance the flavors, color and extend the shelf life of processed food(dried fruits, condiments, smoked salmon, frozen pizzas, sauces, etc. ). The agri-food industry has found a winning formula with the sugar/salt/fat trio to offer people who don't have the time or who just don't want to put their hands in the kitchen, solutions within reach of all. On the consumer side, it's good, it's practical, and it's not expensive. On the industry side, it meets the needs of today's society and it generates profits. For my part, I see that no one seems to care about the health aspect... However, the excessive consumption of addictive products such as sugar promotes obesity, diabetes, cavities and many other health problems. A piece of advice my dear readers, DON'T FALL INTO THE TRAP OF EASE: there is a price to pay...
In the short term, in the medium term and in the long term
, you are winners if (1) you do judicious choices, (2) you make your preparations at home and (3) you control the quantities.
Here are 5 good reasons to replace refined sugar with natural sweeteners:

  1. they were made from living beings(plants, animals) which means that our body is able to assimilate them
  2. they contain traces of mineral salts, vitamins, amino acids, fibers, enzymes
  3. they have therapeutic properties
  4. they have a lower glycemic index than conventional sugar
  5. they have a multitude of flavors

Ladies and gentlemen, here's to you not one...not two...but nine healthy substitutes to white:

#1 : raw cane sugar

cane sugar

#2 : coconut sugar

coconut sugar

#3 : palm sugar


palm sugar

  • making process(video)
  • taste: caramel/honey/slightly spicy/slightly fruity
  • glycemic index : 30
  • 👍🏾 : sustainable exploitation
  • 👎🏾 : usually sold as a block; only available in certain grocery stores
  • recipe idea : energizing drink

#4 : date powder

date powder

  • homemade transformation(video)
  • taste: caramel/dates
  • glycemic index : 68
  • 👍🏾 : high in fiber
  • 👎🏾 :  does not completely dissolve in liquids
  • other options: date puree; date syrup 

#5 : stevia powder

poudre de stévia

  • homemade transformation(video)
  • taste: slightly sweet/liquorice aftertaste
  • glycemic index : 0
  • 👍🏾 : 0 calories
  • 👎🏾 : does not completely dissolve in liquids
  • other option : concentrated liquid

#6 : honey

miel

  • making process(video)
  • taste: characteristic of the flower from which it comes
  • glycemic index: between 35 and 80
  • 👍🏾 : various flavors, multiple use
  • 👎🏾 :  many counterfeits on the market

#7 : maple syrup

sirop d'érable

  • making process(video)
  • taste: varied(see flavour wheel for maple products)
  • glycemic index : 54
  • 👍🏾 : environmentally friendly harvest, stimulates the local economy
  • 👎🏾 : Not all products on sale are 100% pure; some contain traces of lead beyond the authorized limits
  • other option: maple sugar

#8 : birch syrup
sirop de bouleau

  • making process(video)
  • taste: molasses/anise/coffee/balsamic note
  • glycemic index : 50
  • 👍🏾 : versatile in the kitchen

#9 : agave nectar
agave nectar

  • making process(video)
  • taste : rather neutral
  • glycemic index : 17
  • 👍🏾 : suitable for vegans
  • 👎🏾 : often intensive manufacturing processes, lack of transparency on labels

Now that you have several options, what to choose? Well, it depends on your taste preferences and the use you want to make of it. Then, your budget, your values and your beliefs will guide you. If you can afford it, choose those that come from organic farming so you don't ingest GMOs or chemical rooting hormones; you avoid pesticides, synthetic fertilizers that pollute the planet and destroy soil and groundwater. If you want to do a good deed for humanity, choose those that come from fair trade because you will help small producers and workers to receive a fair and stable income; you will encourage good working conditions(no forced labor, no working minors, etc.). If you want to give a boost to the economy of your region or your country, consume local. Now let's be realistic for a second. Not all companies are transparent about the origin of their products, the ingredients that go into them, the manufacturing processes and so on. Unfortunately natural products and organic products are no longer what they were before, so before buying QUALITY, take the time to get to know the brand(its history, its values, its mission, its commitments, its manufacturing processes, etc.). Are you looking to make better food choices because of a particular condition or to prevent disease? Discover our naturopathic consultations.
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Food glycemic index chart