There’s no doubt in how most of us have been inherited with a sweet tooth. Through ages, mithais have always been at our disposal and continued to be an essential part in our ‘sukh’ and ‘dukh’. So as per our habitual Indian intake of sweets, doctors suggest that sugar and even artificial sweeteners are addictive and can hijack your health and metabolism. You can also get prone to obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver. But since we’re all the same so we don’t expect you to quit your sweeteners right away and that’s why we have got you a list of natural sweeteners which are healthy yet tasty replacement for your regular sweetener or artificial sweeteners.
Maple syrup is a usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees etc. Maple syrup can have a complex flavor with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and even hazelnut. Real Maple Syrup has a glycemic index of 54 which is a “medium” index. One study found 24 different antioxidants in maple syrup and that is why replacing refined sugar with pure and good quality maple syrup is likely to yield a net of health benefits. You can add it in your pancakes, waffles, smoothies etc
Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants or from secretions of other insects, by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation. Honey is processed in various forms and it’s color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and same goes for its flavor which varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold. Rich quality honey contains various antioxidants. Drinking honey-lemon water as a first thing in the morning is a great way to detoxify your body and give a boost to your metabolism.
Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, which is grown in many tropical regions of the world. Dates have a higher calorie content since they’re dried. It’s calorie content is similar to that of like any other dry fruits. Dates are a source of fructose,which is a natural type of sugar found in a fruit. They may be the healthier option than white sugar in your recipes due to their amazing antioxidant,nutrients and fibre content. You can make a syrup out of it by just simply grinding them with an equal portion of water. You may further use the syrup in your smoothies or oatmeal. You can also combine dates,nuts and dark chocolate to make yummy energy snack bars.
Sliced bananas can easily be a part of your everyday breakfast by simply adding it to your oatmeal or muesli. You can simply grind them with your favourite nuts and a bit of milk to make a super healthy shake. Bananas are high in potassium and keep your digestive system in check. You can use mashed bananas as a sweetener when baking cookies,cakes or simply freeze them up in a silicone popsicle for a yummy, nutritious ice-lollies.
Jaggery also known as ‘gur’ is a sweetener that is made from sugarcane; it is also known as unrefined sugar, which is prepared without the separation of molasses and crystals and is mostly produced in India and Africa. Jaggery can be the healthier and more nutritious replacement of white sugar in Indian households since it so widely available and affordable too. Women eating a piece of jaggery everyday have proven to show balanced hormones,controlled PMS and regular balanced cycle. You can use jaggery in your morning chai or coffee or simply have a piece of it after your meal when craving for something sweet after meal.