When preparing a healthy dish which involves adding any sugar for a sweeter taste you can always opt for a natural sugar, a so-called sweetener which doesn't cause a rise in blood glucose levels and also providing a few calories than sugar.
Going to your local supermarket and scanning shelves for a sweetener, you probably have seen that there are quite a few varieties of the product. There are natural sweeteners, which are made with an extraction from the fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, there are artificial sweeteners (not on my favorite list), which are made in the laboratory and have been related to the sides effects such as migraines, headaches and impacting your thymus gland that is a part of the immune system. In addition, it also acts on the production of the white blood cells. Some researchers and industrial scientist claim that artificial sweeteners do not impact health nor they harmful.
Because you are reading this I assume you might be in a group of people who prefers natural sweeteners and rather not take the risk (And they are many, I believe) using an unnatural sweetener that can lead to health problems.
Here are some of the five options of natural sweeteners you might opt for.
It's also called stevioside, it is a sweetener that is taken from a plant native to South America known as stevia rebaudiana. It's can be used with any cooking methods and its 100 times sweeter than original sugar. Available in a small packaging which contains sugar like droplets, the sweetener contains zero calories and none of the carbohydrate. Furthermore, Stevia can be used by diabetics and has no side effects. The only problem is that it can leave a bitter taste in your food.
2 Pure Honey (My Favourite!)
Honey is best knows natural sweeter, containing only 60/64 calories in a single tablespoon. That’s not all, honey is rich in enzyme, antioxidants, iron, zinc, phosphorus and B2, B3, B6 vitamins. All those nutrients work together by neutralizing free radicals and promoting the growth of a good bacteria, intestinal flora which is a part of the digestive system. (Tract)
Honey provides you with a sweetens taste along with all the health benefits your body needs! However, to benefit from all honey's nutrients it is necessary to use pure honey (organic), not pasteurized honey, that loses half of the advantages of the natural version of this sweetener.
3 Sugar of a Coconut
Coconut sugar is obtained by a delicate method of taking sap from coconut flowers, then heating and evaporation process is taken place. Each tablespoon of coconut sugar provides 45 calories. It also contains a low glycemic index and serves as a source of antioxidants, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.
4 Delicious Maple Syrup
Is native to North America, and goes through tree boring process to get the sap. The process consists of boiling and filtration. Organic Maple Syrup is rich in antioxidants, it is a natural sweetener that provides good levels of manganese, potassium, calcium and zinc in its composition. If you choose Maple Syrup as one of four, buy it as Class B or an Organic, which will be beneficial to the body.