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Everything You NEED to Know About Natural Sweeteners

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Curious about “natural” sweeteners and if you should make the switch from white sugar to something else – or cut all sweet stuff entirely?

Let’s sort things out in bite-sized pieces of information, the way we do things here at Kitchen Stewardship®!

Does Raw Honey Have Nutritional Health Benefits?

Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners and takes the least processing. Honey, especially raw honey (use the code Katie15 for 15% off at that site!), also has some genuine health benefits. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal and can treat coughs. Read more…

How Do You Bake With Honey or Substitute Honey for Sugar?

You can substitute honey for sugar in most baking recipes, with modifications. Use 3/4 cup honey for every cup sugar and reduce liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup. Reduce baking temp, and you may need to add baking soda to the recipe. Read more…

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Is Agave Really a Natural Sweetener?

Some call agave wholesome because it comes from a plant and has a low glycemic index. But it’s high fructose content can cause questionable side effects. Read more…

Is Stevia a Safe, Alternative Natural Sweetener?

Stevia is a green plant grown much like mint, an herb whose leaves are 30-50 times sweeter than sucrose. It’s been used for its medicinal properties for centuries and in its whole leaf form or liquid extract is a natural calorie-free sweetener, a much better choice than artificial sweeteners. White powder stevia, however, is highly processed. Read more…

How Do You Use Stevia?

Because stevia has no bulk, you can easily use it where you’re just adding a little sweetness, not depending on mass, and perhaps able to taste test as you go. Pure stevia powder or stevia extract cannot be substituted 1-for-1 for white sugar. Read more…

What is Date Sugar? What Are the Benefits of Date Sugar?

Date sugar is dried dates, dried further, then pulverized into a granulated product. It contains all the vitamins, minerals and fiber found in the date fruit. Read more…

Are Sorghum Syrup and Maple Syrup Good For You?

You can expect some nutritive value from purely natural sweeteners like sorghum and maple syrup. Doctors used to prescribe sorghum syrup to help get iron, calcium, and potassium. Read more…

What is the Difference Between Coconut Sugar and Palm Sugar?

Coconut Sugar is made from the coconut palm tree. Palm sugar is made from a different type of palm, but is processed in the same way. Read more…

What is Yacon Powder?

Yacon is a large tuber native to South America that has a natural sweetness to it. It is a good source of antioxidants because it’s plant-based. Read more…

Is Monk Fruit Healthy?

Monk fruit is a natural, no-calorie sweetener, anywhere from 100 – 400 times sweeter than sugar! Mogrosides are extracted from the fresh fruit to create the sweeteners you buy. Read more…

Is Allulose a Healthy Sweetener?

Allulose is derived from fermented corn. It has a very similar chemical structure to table sugar, but with only a tenth of the calories and 70% of the sweetness. Read more…

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Are Unrefined Sugars Healthier Than White Sugar?

Some claim that unrefined sugar metabolizes slightly slower than white sugar and is, therefore, lower on the glycemic index – BUT it’s not a recommended food for diabetics. Read more…

What Are Other Names for Sugar on Ingredient Labels?

You’ll have to diligently read labels, as almost anything in a box or bottle includes sugar, sometimes found as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, and maltose. Read more…

Why is White Sugar Bad For You?

Some describe sugar as nothing short of poison, while for others, it’s a compromise food eaten in moderation. Sugar can depress your immune system by fueling the bad bacteria, increase blood glucose levels, and increase your risk of cancer. Not to mention it is addictive. Read more…

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe For Kids?

Artificial sweeteners all fall into the category of man-made “foods,” and none of them have any testing for children. We don’t know what artificial sweeteners will do after 50-60 years of use. Savvy consumers should look into each type individually: aspartame, saccharin, sorbitol and more. Read more…

Are Sugar Alcohols (Xylitol, Erythritol, Sorbitol) Safe?

Sugar alcohols aren’t alcohol but have some chemical resemblances to it, and they often begin with a sugar but are also not sugar. They can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea, plus painful cramping (xylitol has the least risk of these side effects). Sugar alcohols can also cause metabolic acidosis, which can lead to acid reflux and an increased risk of cancer of the larynx. Read more…

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How Do You Cut Down on Sweetener?

Sugar is addictive, so it’s hard to stop eating it. Weaning down slowly is a good way to go. One food that should be healthy but is loaded with sugar is yogurt. Using plain yogurt you can control the sugar content and gradually reduce it to nothing. Read more…

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