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Some Facts About Sugar Which Are Not So Sweet
Natural sweeteners are obtained mainly from plant life, and also from bees the in the form of honey. Although the body metabolizes natural sweeteners in the same way as it does normal sugar, the natural stuff does at least have some nutrients which are of benefit.
Here are some of the natural sweeteners health-conscious folk use as an alternative to sugar.
- Honey is rich in antioxidants which helps to combat dangerous free radicals. Studies have also shown that honey can lower the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) which benefits heart health.
- Maple syrup is thick and sugary, made from the sap of maple trees. It contains minerals and antioxidants.
- Molasses has a syrupy constituency, and is processed from cane sugar, or the juice from sugar beets. Contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Yacon syrup, from the yacon plant in South America, is good for sweetening coffee and tea, and adding to breakfast cereals and salad dressings.
- Stevia is natural sweetener extracted from a South American shrub and has no adverse health effects. Research has shown that it is safe to take and is linked to preventing high blood pressure, and may help to lower elevated blood sugar levels. Stevia is rated as one of the most effective sugar alternatives.
Although these are natural sugars, they are nevertheless sugars, and should not be eaten in excessive amounts.
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