This article will tell you how to avoid excessive calories that exist in the sweet food and drink you consume every day – they contain refined sugar. This is important for those who are diabetic, want to lose weight and for the health conscious looking for alternatives to sugar - because sugar does not contain any nutrient but just empty calories.
Sugar adds to the taste of food and drink. We find it our food and drink unusual, strange and incomplete because we have got so accustomed to taste of sugar. So, it is understood that we cannot simply do away the sweet taste in our food and drink. Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives. There are natural sweet ingredients around us. They either contain lesser calories or are much sweeter and hence need to be used in lesser quantities. Here are some sugar substitutes you can incorporate in your food and drink:
Honey - It is best to use honey in your food and drink because apart from adding natural sweetness, it also improves our immunity level. Honey when added to cake batter adds extravagance and richness to the cake. It can also be added to other food and drink - honey can be used to sweeten milk and cereals in the morning or to enhance the taste of green tea. Honey is easy to store and does not spoil easily.
Maple syrup - This is a natural sweetener and can be used in a variety of food and drinks. It is easily available in the market. Maple syrup is packed with nutrients. When you are using maple syrup for baking, be sure to replace 1 cup of sugar with ¾ cup of maple syrup. For every cup of maple syrup, the cooking temperature should be reduced by 25 degrees F and the amount of baking soda by ¼ of a tablespoon.
Stevia - This makes a wonderful substitute for sugar and can be added to your food and drink. It is sold in food stores as a dietary supplement; you will also be able to find it at the supermarket. Being about ten times sweeter than sugar, so if you are planning to use stevia in recipes or to your tea, you will have to be measure it differently. The right proportion would be 1 tea spoon of stevia for a cup of sugar, ¼ tea spoon stevia for a tablespoonful of sugar and so on.
Agave nectar - It is found in the core of the agave plant that grows in deserts. It contains the same number of calories as refined sugar does, but as it is much sweeter than normal sugar, you need to add only about one-fourth the amount of it to food and drink that you would add instead of sugar.
Tips and comments
Judicious use of naturally sweet ingredients like fruits and honey will enable you to infuse your food and drink with natural ingredients. This will benefit our obese and diabetic plagued civilization. Have a sugar-free diet to lead a disease-free life.